Our School house renovation project amongst the Best Residential Architecture in Scotland

We are very pleased to announce that our School House Renovation project has been selected as one of the 100 Best Residential Architecture Projects in Scotland of the past 20 years. The project was selected by the RIAS and featured in their book "2020...

Fife Architects win Graphisoft Archicad Award!

We are very happy to announce that our new build house project in Charlestown has won a Graphisoft Archicad Award 2017 for Small Project of the Year. Archicad is the industry-leading BIM software and the award recognises excellence in the use the software...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Our Future Home, Our Future Studio

We are delighted and very excited to announce that come Winter 2013, Fife Architects will have a new home within the new Murray Studios, Anstruther!

Murray Studios is part of a new development project at the existing Murray Library, established in 1908, in Anstruther and has been driven by the Murray Library Trustees with large grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, Fife Council and Fife Historic Building Trust. read more…

House by the woods, Fife // New timber clad dining extension

Fife Architects provided this initial design for a client looking to maximise their existing kitchen for their expanding family and provide a better relation between their house and large, well cared-for garden.  A generous dining extension was proposed, built in timber and clad in Scottish Larch timber cladding, with a full height glazed gable overlooking the garden.  The natural slate roof extrudes over the glazed gable to provide shading and maintain a level of comfort internally in warmer weather.  A new porch, built in the same style and method as the dining extension, will be located at the main entrance of the house with a built-in outdoor bench to the front.

Fife Architects have now been commissioned to develop the design to planning stage with a view to building in Summer 2013.

House by the woods, Fife

House by the woods, Fife

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…