On the drawing board: New renovation projects for 2017

2017 is proving to be a very busy year already and since January we have begun a number of new renovations which are currently in the initial design stage. Included here are three brief examples to showcase some of the different projects that we have been working on....
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Fife Architects win design award for eco-renovation

We are still in a celebratory mood after winning the award for 'Best Small Project' at this year’s Dundee Institute of Architects Design Awards for our Easter Fernie School House renovation near Cupar. The schoolhouse 'eco-renovation' saw the refurbishment and...
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Fife Architects featured in ‘Living Magazine’ Autumn Issue

We are delighted to be featured in Living Magazine's autumn issue published by DC Thomson. The article features our Millring Conversion project near Pittenweem in Fife. Designed and managed by partner architect Lucy Beltran, the article briefly describes the...
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Entrance view, new build house

Our industrial house design gets planning approval

We have exciting news to share // Our new house design for a site in Fife has received full planning permission. The new family home will be situated on a coastal site just outside Charlestown near Dunfermline. The site is on the shoreline of the Firth of Forth and...
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Exterior view artist's cottage

Fresh House Renovation Projects

We have several new projects on the go focusing on practical house renovation ideas and modern home extensions. The projects are all in the initial design stage and include a ground floor house renovation and extension in Elie, a timber clad extension of an artist's...
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Iron Mill Bay New House Design

New House Design – Industrial meets rural

We have just submitted a full planning application for an exciting new home on a site just outside Charlestown near Dunfermline. A lot of research, consideration and care have gone into the design of this unique family home and for now all we can do is wait! Situated...
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Exterior Gatehouse Extension

New year, new projects

Happy New Year to you all...2016 is shaping up to be a busy and challenging year here at Fife Architects in a good way! Fired up with 'January oomph' we are currently working on a new build house at an unusual plot nestled on the shores of the Forth, south...
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Front elevation

Site Visits: Oak Frame Extension and a Refurbished School House

We have news on two current residential projects: the first an oak frame extension with internal alterations to a B listed property in the picturesque village of Falkland and the second, the complete renovation and extension of a former school house set in rolling...
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Fife Architects Finalists in Herald Property Awards 2015

We have two lots of good news to share with you in this post. Firstly, we were excited to hear that we are finalists in the Herald Property Awards for Scotland 2015 Best Renovation/Conversion category announced just last week. The awards were started in 2007 and aim...
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Certified European Passive House Designer Course

Passive House Designer Course anyone?

We are excited to announce that Lucy has now completed the Certified European Passive House Designer Course at Strathclyde University and hopes to become a certified designer soon. The course allows us to direct our initial design focus towards more energy efficient principle that can be applied to all our future projects. Obviously, this will be hard work and will take time to implement, but this make a very good first step towards Passive house design within the firm.

If you want more information about passive house or how to take the designer course yourself, visit our previous post and follow the links at the bottom of the post.

Auchtermuchty Passivhaus

Can You Rate a Building’s Sustainability?

By: Fermin Beltran // Fife Architects

If you have been  involved in construction in recent times, then you’ve probably heard about ‘BREEAM’ or ‘LEED’ accreditation schemes for buildings. Even if most people don’t really understand what they score or know what they actually assess it has become almost a necessary process for developers seeking any sort of green credentials for their buildings, but can these Sustainability Assessment Tools and other green building rating systems worldwide aid in reversing a destructive construction trend which dominates our built environment in favour of a future of sustainable construction? Can these tools actually rate a building’s sustainability? read more…

Fife Architects featured in Homes and Interiors Scotland!

Fife Architects are featured in the current issue of Scotland’s leading lifestyle magazine Homes and Interiors Scotland with an article on completed house project ‘Westbourne’, in Kilrenny, Fife.

Westbourne has gone under many alterations since it was first purchased with Fife Architects involvement along the way – the largest alteration being the addition of a new workshop style kitchen extension.


Homes and Interiors Scotland Article

Homes and Interiors Scotland Article


Homes and Interior Scotland Article

Homes and Interior Scotland Article


Fife Architects in the Press

Two Extension Projects in Fife Under Construction

There has been lots on in August  2012 for Fife Architects with the start of two projects under construction – two oak extensions in Cellardyke and one stone extension near Crail.  Both have gotten off to a good start and Fermin and Lucy are never too far away to make site visits and check that the build is progressing as it should be.  Both projects are due for completion in November 2012, so we will have some good ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs then.


Oak Garden Room and Rear Porch Extension, Cellardyke

Oak Garden Room and Rear Porch Extension, Cellardyke

Stone Kitchen Extension, near Crail 

Passive House Anyone?

Lucy is pleased to have completed the Certified European Passive House course at Strathclyde University and hopes to become a certified Passive House designer soon. This means that we now have the necessary knowledge to design these ultra-low energy homes, and yes, you can open  a window! Get in touch to find out more…

Fife Architects welcome any client interested in the Passive House standard and would love to work on a Passive House project.

passive house

New Commission

Fife Architects are pleased to have secured a new private residence project in the beautiful, historic town of Falkland, Fife!

We have been commissioned to give an existing, listed building a new lease of life by altering the internal layout of the house and adding a new extension to the rear of the house.  One of the main challenges of the client’s brief is to maximise daylight within the existing house which has a narrow floor plan and is sided by neighbouring buildings.  The brief also requires that the energy efficiency of this very old house is improved as much as possible which will be integrated as part of our design.

Watch out for more news and photo updates of this interesting project….

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Almost a Year On, More Great Clients

Is it June already?! Wow. What an incredibly fast paced start to 2012. The first 6 months of the year has seen our team involved with some great clients on new commissions and interesting projects all over Fife and beyond keeping our enthusiasm and drive to keep going intact, working with people to help them make their ideas and designs a reality.

New projects include feasibility studies, house extensions, internal renovation proposals, a few straight up Building Warrant applications, completion of Westbourne Luxury Self Catering Accommodation and even a full building survey for an industrial timber mill in Grangemouth. Enough to keep us very busy. read more…

Glasgow Basement Renovation (Update)

Glasgow Basement Conversion

Major progress at the basement renovation project – all the main structural work is complete, new external doors and windows installed and new ceilings in.  Now comes the even more exciting stage of fitting and fixing new bathroom, new utility, wood stove, fitted wardrobe, glass desk top, timber flooring, carpets…the list goes on! read more…

BREEAM Refurbishment Goes Live This Summer

A new rating programme that promotes sustainable renovations will be launched this summer by BRE.

The BREEAM Refurbishment scheme will go live for registrations on 2 July 2012 and will focus on narrowing the huge gap between new buildings which are getting greener and the huge amounts of existing housing stock which are obviously not getting any greener. Addressing existing housing stocks and improving their performance is key to achieving the optimistic CO2 reduction goals set by the Government. The climate change act (2008) commits the UK to a 34% reduction on 1990 levels by 2020 and an 80% reduction by 2050. read more…

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