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...

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…

New commission for Garage Conversion

Fife Architects are pleased to have been commissioned for a garage conversion in Anstruther this month where the client would like to convert their existing double garage into a new family garden room and workshop area. An application for Certificate of Lawfulness was made with the new proposals and Fife Council have confirmed a full planning application is required – the new Householder Permitted Development Rights are great but it shows that the Council is still applying very strict guidelines to existing garages!

Anstruther Garage Conversion

Glasgow Basement Renovation well underway…

Our basement renovation project at Stewarton Drive, Cambuslang started on site in February 2012 and is half way through construction now with major demolition and excavation taking place at present. The project is due for completion in May 2012 so watch this space for before and after pictures!

Glasgow Basement Renovation

Full Planning Permission for two of our projects!

We are pleased to have obtained full planning permission for two of our projects this month – a stone house extension and internal alterations near Crail to accommodate a new kitchen, and two oak extensions to accommodate a garden room and rear porch in Cellardyke.

Now it’s back to work to develop the proposals into fully detailed drawings and submit for building warrant…

Oak Extensions, Cellardyke

Stone Extension, Crail

European Passive House Designer Certification

We are pleased to confirm that Lucy has secured the funding for and a place on the Certified European Passive House Designer course run by Strathclyde University, Glasgow and will attend in May 2012 for two weeks of hardcore learning followed by a final exam in June so she better start sharpening her pencils!

Fife Architects believe that the ‘Passive House’ and ‘Passive Building’ concept, which is fairly new to the UK but actually began in Germany in the 1980’s, is a simple and practical building solution that addresses energy consumption problems in buildings (not only houses) and are delighted to have the opportunity to become certified in this field.

AMAZING FACT: Passive Houses allow for energy savings of up to 90% – yes, 90% – compared with typical European homes

If you are interested in finding out more about Passive Building design, click on the following links:




FA In the Press » Architects Journal “New Practice” Feature

What a start to 2012. We’ve had a very encouraging start to the new year with a number of very interesting enquiries and project opportunities (more of this in our next news update), also we are delighted to have been featured in the Architects Journal website in their New Practices section which showcases a series of practice profiles that look at architects who have recently decided to set up shop. Being a small practice here in the East Neuk, at times it feels a million miles away from London but none the less, it feels great to be noticed by such a reputable national architecture publication. Thank you AJ!

See below the full feature article. read more…

End of the Year Review and Green Award

To begin summarizing  an entire year (well 4 months in our case!) we hold no reservations in saying it has been a very encouraging start to our practice and very busy run up to close of play at the end of December. November was a very busy period which saw us securing 2 new commissions; a full building warrant application in St Monans for internal renovations / attic conversion and a full refurbishment and rear extension to a traditional stone cottage and extension for an up-market  holiday cottage near Crail.

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Are Zero Carbon Homes the Solution?

There is no doubt that we are living through a transition towards a green era of sustainability and environmental responsibility.

Increasing energy prices, concern about climate change and occupant health-consciousness are influencing people around the globe to take decisive action to make buildings and societies greener and more sustainable. ArchitectsEngineers and Designers worldwide are increasingly concerned about the current state of energy consumption and carbon emissions and are looking more and more into sustainable design to keep up with increasing demands by governments, building standards and users who are screaming  for a stark redirection of current design and construction approaches.

In the UK the focus of legislation and the construction industry seems to be about developing zero carbon homes.


Because, Some 26% of UK’s carbon emissions come from homes, making it a significant area for reducing emissions overall according to UK Green Building Council and WWF.
This target is without doubt amongst the most challenging in the world. read more…

Busy Times, Good Projects, Great Clients

What a busy period it has been leading up to Autum. October saw us running around all over the East Neuk, getting involved in several good projects ranging from small conversions to new build properties. We have had the privilege of working with our clients in a few Kick-Start Sessions where the home sessions proved to be very valuable to both Architect and Client. The feedback we’ve received so far is very positive on this service and it’s allowing an open interaction at early design stage to helps us deliver a final design that is ultimately best suited for the client.

We are also proud to announce that Fife Architects have been commissioned to design a modern, environmentally friendly Oak Frame extension in Cellardyke and we were also delighted to have carried out a detailed feasibility study for a renovation of a ‘B’ listed property in Anstruther Harbour.

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