On the drawing board for 2018: Renovations and extensions

2018 has seen Fife Architects design several new renovation projects for private clients. Here we have included a few examples of projects currently at the initial design stage. They include a pair of extensions and upgrades to homes in Crail, a modest green roof extension in Auchtermuchty,  plus the renovation and extension of an already converted milk barn in Elie.


The design brief for this project explores the possibility of a front extension to create a separate living room and entrance porch. The initial design explored the creation of a better front porch and entrance hall with access to all public spaces and a Lounge with lots of glass and views across the Firth of Forth.



In this design, Fife Architects have reconfigured the ground floor of this house in Crail, creating a rear brick and glass extension. The extension hosts timber bi-folding doors out to a covered veranda overlooking the garden. The existing building will benefit from new timber windows and replacement roofs for the garage and utility. Upstairs the existing dormer will be extended to create a new master bedroom with corner window feature and Juliette balcony with a fantastic sea view. Overall the accommodation will provide 5 bedrooms, two of which will be upstairs with a shared bathroom, an open plan kitchen/dining/lounge area featuring a dual aspect fire, utility room, shower room & bathroom.



The design brief for this project includes an attic conversion, an extension and interior remodeling to create a more spacious home better suited to the client and their family. The improvements will feature the addition of an extra bedroom with ensuite, a creative studio, an office space, a utility room and a flexible room which can be used as a study or an additional guest room. The new design incorporates an open plan kitchen/dining opening out on to a balcony with views out to the garden with a mezzanine level above. The new utility area will create a convenient dog entrance and will house a bench seat and ample storage.



The design brief for this project explored the possibility of an infill and rear extension to expand the kitchen at ground level and create a utility room to form a better connection to the rear garden which considered the future adaptation of the workshop from the ground floor.


Fife Architects amongst top architects in Scotland

Urban Realm Top 100 Practices at work

We are delighted to announce that Fife Architects were listed in the Urban Realm’s magazine top architects in Scotland.

Urban Realm pulled together a summary of the practices which have done the most in 2017 to reshape our built environment, overhaul the education system with a wave of new schools and produce innovative housing.

As a small practice, it is an honour to be recognised and acknowledged alongside so many other talented architects. We enjoyed browsing the list, appreciating the work and achievements of other Scottish practices. We look forward to climbing this list in 2018!


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 Visions: Home: Housing Scotland 2000-2020” which forms part of the Festival of Architecture 2017.

This book features homes and housing developments built since the year 2000 alongside a small selection of works in progress which will be completed by 2020. From throughout Scotland these projects represent the very best domestic architecture from an era when Scottish architects have excelled at all scales, from modest extensions to large urban masterplans.

The one hundred projects featured in the book represent diverse responses to one of architecture’s greatest challenges, our homes. These are approaches to housing and individual homes form a confident generation of architects. From crisp modernity to the contemporary reinvention of vernacular forms, modest island dwellings to reinterpretations of the Scottish tenement, the breadth of approach is as impressive as the quality is consistent.

As the RIAS’ president, Stewart Henderson, comments in this introduction,
“The one hundred houses and housing developments which make up this volume are as good a demonstration as any of the contribution architecture can make to improving people’s lives. All of these buildings, whether already built or about to be, are among the best in Scotland from the first twenty years of this century.”

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 across the wider construction and architecture industry.

As a modern forward-thinking practice, Fife Architects fully embrace technology and we realise the benefit and importance of utilising the latest software to deliver our clients accurate and reliable data, ensuring the smooth design, development and delivery of our projects.

As a leading BIM software worldwide, Archicad has been voted “Bim Product of the year’ seven years running in the UK so we are very proud to have been recognised amongst other prestigious designers who like us recognise the great potential that Archicad has on our design worklflow and practice as a whole.

We realise we are a bit late with this post, but it is for good reason. Back in June, when the we heard of the award, the project was right in the middle of Tender negotiations so the timing of the awards was a little bit ‘contentious.’ However, now that the project is progressing well on site we feel it is now time to share the news fully!

Thanks Graphisoft!

Here is a full list of all the winners

Award Winners 2017

Project of the Year 2017
Trevor Horne Architects, Cabinet Gallery, Tyers Street

Small Project of the Year 2017 
Fife Architects, Iron Mill Bay House

Sustainable Project of the Year 2017
Kettle, DEWA Solar Innovation Centre

Public Sector Project of the Year 2017
Penoyre & Prasad, Templeman Library, University of Kent

BIM Project of the Year 2017
Maber, Isaac Newton ECM Building, University of Lincoln

New Practice Project of the Year 2017
Create Design, 33 Caroline Street

UK Beta Tester of the Year 2017
Thomas Lodge, Ayshford Sansome Architects

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. They include the remodelling of the Falkland Library, a refurbishment of an old fisherman’s cottage (overlooking the picturesque Pittenweem beach) and renovation of a Byre conversion in Perthshire.


Fife Architects have been working closely with the client to develop a renovation of their family home. The house is an old byre conversion located in rural Perthshire with views of the surrounding hills, fields and forests. The key design goal was to improve the clarity of the plan, which would allow for better circulation and visual connectivity throughout the building. Walls were removed allowing for visual connections between the courtyard and the garden, as well as increasing the size of the remodelled living room giving it more importance within the home. An external timber porch and boot-room will be added to the front, which will blend into the veranda which runs around to the rear of the building.

The ground floor will consist of a large kitchen, boot-room, living room, 2 bedrooms, an ensuite, 1 main bathroom and a utility room, whilst the upper floor will consist of two large bedrooms with ensuite and a mezzanine overlooking the main living space. The materiality will respect the building and its context, blending into the setting.


We have developed options to renovate the ailing Falkland Library and worked with the community to help save it from closure. Together with local community groups the library will now be managed by Falkland Community Hall Trust and is expected to reopen in the summer. The main task of the design is to improve the layout and functioning of the library. The proposal sets out to increase book, desk and reading spaces by removing the partitions, remodel the reading spaces, relocate the main desk to beside the entrance and keep an open plan layout within the main library.

The corridor and store cupboard will be removed allowing for increased library floor space which can serve a s flexible meeting and gallery space.  The main desk will be placed by the entrance allowing for more control over access to the building, as well as improving service. The books will mainly be arranged along the wall, allowing for the floor space to be taken by other necessary library items: sofas, e-reading desks.


Fife Architects were asked to prepare an initial design for a renovation of an old fisherman’s cottage overlooking Pittenweem beach. The split level building consisted of the original house and a two storey extension to the rear. The brief was to remodel and improve the layout, turning the building into a luxurious holiday home.

The basic layout of the existing building was to remain, but the renovation involved walls being shifted and removed to create an open, light and transparent space. The level change would be made more fluid, improving circulation. The upper floor was not in need of remodelling, but an internal connection with the basement level was to be created, allowing for an additional large room within the property.

All storeys were to be connected by as transparent a staircase as possible, allowing light and views through. The materials chosen for the renovated rooms were a mix of plaster, timber, glass and brick, the latter of which accentuates any of the irregular walls within the design.


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 improvement of an old schoolhouse into a new modern, environmentally friendly and ‘near-off grid’ home. The project presented us with many (mostly enjoyable) challenges along the way, and we are happy to say it was a great success.

img_6859We were also very pleased to find out that five of our other project submissions for the awards were shortlisted the same night.

The Shortlisted Projects

The other projects shortlisted included House at Markinch also in Best Small Project category which saw the renovation and extension of a dated fifties bungalow. Waterside Cottage in St Monans, shortlisted for Best Rehab/Rejuvenation category, involved the sensitive restoration and extension of a C listed wash house on the shores of St Monan’s. Cobblestones in Falkland, a B listed cottage renovation and extension in the heart of Falkland was also shortlisted in the Best Rehab/Rejuvenation category – this project included an oak frame extension with a green roof and the comprehensive renovation of the entire cottage, creating more light and greatly improved energy efficiency. We also had two projects shortlisted in the ‘On the Drawing Board’ category: Iron Mill Bay House – a new build house inspired by the derelict remains of an iron foundry, overlooking the Forth with an industrial meets rural design concept and The Doocot – the conversion of a former Doocot into a luxury one bedroom self catering house.

This marks a great achievement for our young practice and the end of a very busy year for the team. Of course none of this would be possible without our lovely clients so a big thank you to them too!

Near off grid house in Cupar

Easter Fernie Schoolhouse - DIA Design Award 2016 Winner!

Best Small Project (less £250K)

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 challenges faced during the conversion of this historic mill ring steading into a luxury 5 bedroom house.

“The overall design is all about stone, wood and glass – it is a building that appeals to the senses. Even the eclectic and tasteful finishes are used sparingly but to great effect, allowing the structure to speak for itself.”

Fife Architects inherited the project from local architect Svein Mjeldheim at the detail design stage and later worked closely with the client and contractor on site during the construction phase to deliver the finished product. The Millring House project was unique in many ways and as one can imagine, it presented the architect with many design challenges which hadn’t been worked out at the early design stages of the project. For instance, the architect had to find a sensible way to insulate the mill ring roof while leaving it’s unique umbrella structure intact and still visible (the solution was to build a new roof, like a second skin on top of the existing one).

The mill ring is a traditional rural building used primarily to grind various grains using horse power. The horse would have been walked around a central shaft pulling a large quern that would crush the grains in the adjacent barn. The ‘rotunda’ space traditionally used by the horses has now become a spacious main living room with large frameless glass windows looking over the garden and surrounding countryside. The threshing barn is now a light filled dining room linked directly to the kitchen and has a mezzanine that is accessed from the upper floor and is used as a study.

The house needed a flexible design complete with a bedroom and carer’s accommodation on the ground floor. To link these rooms to the hall and living room, a frameless glass corridor was created. Sally MacDonald who has written the feature describes how:

“The corridor, with its lean-to roof, also features steel pillars which support untreated Douglas fir lintels. Both the steel and the wood were sourced from the estate, enhancing the building’s integrity.”

Living Magazine is quarterly magazine designed for people living and working in the Tay & Forth region and is being delivered directly to homes in the area right now. Get out there and try to find yourself a copy!

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 formerly part of the Elgin Estate the site is bordered with woodland where the remains of the Iron Mill Foundry on the Lyne Burn still stand. The derelict remains of the former Foundry cottage lie in the middle of the site and to the South East is a disused railway line. The project brief was to design a family home with an Industrial meets Rural design concept.

A whole house design

The new house design is for a two storey, five bedroom, home with a floor area of 220m sq. The design and materials are strongly influenced by the site’s past from the saw tooth factory style roof profile to the weathered steel cladding. The house has a t- shaped floor plan and is orientated to maximise views across the Forth and natural daylight. At the heart of the house is a large brick double height public space with factory style windows, a gallery style landing and bridge to the master bedroom suite. A cylindrical sandstone stair tower references the tower of the old Foundry. Weathered steel cladding at the ground floor, celebrates the history of iron at the site. Timber clad bedroom accommodation at the first floor with a saw tooth profile reflect the industrial style.

It was important to our clients to create a home that will perform as efficiently as possible in terms of energy and impact on the environment so a combination of renewable technologies will be used including an air source heat pump, rainwater harvesting system, solar panels, domestic electric batteries, high levels of insulation and sourcing of local materials and using reclaimed materials where ever possible.


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 cottage in Pittenweem and a whole house renovation of a ‘very big’ 80’s bungalow near Cupar. Below is a short description of each project along with a selection of the proposed house floor plans and renderings to give you a taste of what we’ve been up to over the past few weeks. read more…

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 of Dunfermline. Located close to a derelict iron foundry with a notable industrial past, the foundry ruin is providing us with inspiration for the design of a new 5 bedroom home. This now seemingly rural spot in Fife was once the centre of an industry leading the way in the Scottish industrial revolution. The foundry dates back to 1795 and was run by the Elgin estate for decades, with the pig iron and lime used in the smelting process mined directly from the surrounding estate. The history of the foundry is sketchy but it is known that it was particularly famous for it’s anchors and also produced goods for the railway, ships and pits, which were shipped worldwide from the harbour. We show here some pictures of the derelict Ironworks and look forward to sharing more on this project later on in the year. read more…

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 countryside just outside Cupar, Fife. It is always exciting to see a build taking shape after what can seem like a long time in the design and planning stages and these projects are no exception.

Below are site pictures of both projects in progress – including the odd shot of the contractors and their teams hard at work! When the oak frame extension in Falkland is finished it will have a living roof sown with wild flowers and grasses visible from the first floor bedroom as well as through the lantern roof light which it is planted around. The facias, flashings and sills of the extension are all made from copper complementing the natural tones of the oak, these will weather over time to a dull greenish/blue colour. A new kitchen and utility are being installed and the living room will feature exposed sandstone walls and a wood burner. (more…)

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 to honour the achievements of Scotland’s most innovative and successful house builders, developers and registered social landlords. Our project is one we completed in Markinch, Fife earlier this year. The house, a fifties bungalow, was designed by our client’s father who was an engineer. The brief was to renovate the house and future proof it by making it totally accessible. This included creating a new easy access entrance from the driveway into the house, enlarging the living room and kitchen with access onto a new terrace, adding an Printensuite wet room and creating an additional bedroom with en-suite and second living room in the attic.

The house has a large established garden and the new frameless glass window in the living room provides wonderful elevated views over it. Inside a curved ceiling was designed to swoosh up to the new window creating a seamless join between the existing building and new extension. A recessed electric blind provides solar shading and privacy without obstructing the expanse of glass. Double doors open on to the terrace and a ramp with a steel and glass balustrade provides access down into the garden.

Our second bit of good news is that the same project has been featured in the October issue of Real Homes magazine in their Special feature on how to extend your home and it is on the shelves available to buy now. The results of the Herald Property awards will be announced on Thursday 24th September at an evening do at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow – we’ll keep you posted! Included here are some pictures of the project and of the Real Homes magazine feature. read more…

House in the Woods featured in Real Homes Magazine August 2015

We are pleased to see one of projects House In The Woods – a kitchen dining extension in rural Fife – featured in the current issue of Real Homes Magazine (August issue) in their 6 page style guide to timber clad extensions. We were commissioned by the owners to design a pair of timber clad extensions, one at the front providing a much needed porch with external bench and the featured kitchen diner extension with bi-fold doors providing direct access on to the beautiful gardens. Painted Scottish Larch was used for the cladding as the property is positioned next to mature woodland and the owners were keen to use natural materials. The colour was matched to lichen growing on the pan tiled roof. This project was also shortlisted for a RIAS award 2014.



New Project: Doocot Conversion

We are delighted to announce that we have been appointed to develop the conversion of a former Doocot near Pittenweem in Fife. The project will seek to restore some of the traditional features of this amazing building while also converting it into a luxury, one bedroom house for self catering accommodation.

‘Doocots’ or ‘Dovecots’ lie scattered across many Scottish farmlands. These vernacular buildings were originally used to house pigeons and used to help provide households with a year round source of fresh meat and eggs. The droppings collected from the floor were also used as fertiliser, tanning leather and even making gunpowder!

Today, many of the Doocots lie derelict or disused so it’s great that we have the opportunity to convert one of these traditional Scottish buildings by giving it a new modern purpose and help bring it back into use while respecting its history and architecture.

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Something old, something new

Sometimes it’s good to pause, take a breath, look back at what has gone before and give yourself a mini retrospective. So for this post we are sharing with you a selection of projects we have worked on and which for one reason or another have yet to feature on our website.

Escape to the woods - Fife Architects treehouse with roof top hot tub.


Ever dream of a secluded neuk in the woods?  Somewhere to escape and get back to nature – but in a luxurious not too basic kind of way? Us too! This treehouse was a concept design for a country estate wanting to diversify and provide unique holiday accommodation for their guests. A simple wooden clad cube sits on stilts creating additional sheltered living space underneath with a roomy hammock slung from the beams. A woodburner keeps things cosy in the cube with an internal ladder leading up to a cantilevered hot tub on the roof where you can bathe in the tree tops among the birds.


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New Projects: Contemporary Family Home and New Oak Frame Extension


Fife Architects have just submitted planning applications for two new exciting projects one in Fife & the other in Perthshire.

The first of the two projects proposed is for an exciting transformation of a small traditional farm cottage near Ladybank. The proposals will see the cottage updated and extended to create a new renovated and contemporary family home. The new rear and side extension will have a mixture of render and natural slate with two new proposed masses of vertical cedar cladding to be juxtaposed over the existing cottage volume. The new kitchen, dinning space and guest bedrooms are located within the footprint of the existing farm cottage while upstairs the accommodation comprises a new master bedroom with luxury bathroom suite, a double bedroom and a comfortable sitting room with a large corner window to take full advantage of the fabulous surrounding views. A family and multimedia room is also proposed in the former attic space of the old farm cottage to cater for a growing family and compliment the rest of the spaces. read more…

Fife Architects current projects update

What’s happening at Fife Architects?


Here is quick snapshot of our current workload and projects.
We currently have three jobs on site, the first is a conversion of a tenement flat in Glasgow. This project includes the complete redesign of both bathroom and kitchen. The new bathroom – a long narrow room – boasts a walk in shower with glass screen, a raised bath and Porcelanosa fittings. The kitchen has been reconfigured to connect with the main living space and features a generous L-shaped dining bar with aubergine coloured wall cupboards and sleek dark wood base units also from Porcelanosa.

Also, we are at phase 2 stage on a contemporary glass roof extension in Cellardyke. This follows on from the kitchen refurbishment in phase 1 (Image opposite). The new kitchen has a space enhancing glazed gable end flooding the room with light and providing views over the mature rear garden. The second phase of the build will also see the creation of a glass courtyard and bedroom with en-suite. read more…

House by the Woods shortlisted for RIAS Awards 2014

We are delighted to say that our timber extension project ‘House by the Woods’ has been shortlisted for an RIAS award this year.

A total of 27 projects have been shortlisted for this year’s RIAS/RIBA Awards and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on the 18 June. The judging panel for this year includes Douglas Read PPRIAS, Marjorie Appleton FRIAS, Liz Davidson Hon FRIAS, Craig White RIBA and George Oldham RIBA RIAS, representing the Royal Institute of British Architects.

RIAS Secretary, Neil Baxter, said: ‘These awards bring together individual awards sponsored by the Scottish Government, Historic Scotland and Wood for Good/Forestry Commission Scotland and incorporate the RIBA Awards for Scotland.

‘Over the last three years these awards have become firmly established as the most significant recognition of the social and economic benefits delivered by excellent architecture.

We feel very proud to be considered among such great buildings, and look forward to the awards ceremony in June!

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Our Timber Extensions are Featured in Home & Interiors Scotland!

We are happy to announce that our pair of timber-clad extensions in the East Neuk have been featured as a case study in the recent ‘Building & Renovating’ supplement of Home & Interiors Scotland. We really enjoyed working on this one and feel lucky to have worked with a great client and dedicated construction team. Thanks to everyone involved!

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Intelligent Buildings // Innovative Futures


We are excited to announce that a new edition of Intelligent Buildings edited by Prof. Derek Clements-Croome has now been published and includes a chapter written by  Fermín Beltrán.

The chapter, which is the closing chapter in the book, is titled “Innovative Futures” and analyses the likely impact of innovation over the next few decades. It discusses the role of governments worldwide that have set very optimistic targets to be achieved up to 2050 and who seek to tackle, among other things, the threats of climate change, overpopulation, pollution and resource depletion in the hopes of shifting humanity towards a more sustainable future path. It focuses also on innovation in modern society and how it tends to ignore social problems in favour of market trends and profitability. There are exceptions to this, and in fact through history the biggest impact of innovation has come from simple ideas that address specific social troubles or needs.

The book is a practical reference for architecture and construction professionals, building owners and developers involved in procurement, design, management and operation of buildings, as well as students on architecture, engineering, building services, facilities management and other built environment courses. Intelligent Buildings is a comprehensive guide to the latest knowledge on the design, construction, management and technology of intelligent buildings and cities for sustainable developments that meet the needs of users now and in the future.

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Auchtermuchty Passivhaus

Fife Architects are excited to have submitted a planning application for a new build Passivhaus on the outskirts of Auchtermuchty, Fife.  With a strong project team of committed client, planning consultant and agent Montgomery Forgan (Cupar) and lead consultants Fife Architects, we hope that Fife Council will support this unique project.

If you are unfamiliar with the Passivhaus (or Passive House) energy standard, you might be interested to know that designing and building to this standard allows new build’s to operate on a mere 10% of energy than that of a new build built to current regulations.  This means energy usage and BILLS are extremely low.  The Passivhaus (PH) standard can be applied to ALL building types, not only houses as the English translation suggests.  Countries in Europe such as Germany (where the PH standard originates), Austria and Sweden have been building this way since the 1990’s and this building type continues to grow.  There are several complete PH projects in Scotland, with more under construction in the industry.

If you are interested in PH design please call us for a discussion or click on these links for useful information;




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The Old Stable, Fife // Stable Conversion and Refurb

Fife Architects have recently submitted proposals for a stable conversion and renovation of a category ‘C’ listed property in the Pittenweem conservation area.

The proposals are for various external and internal alterations that seek the full restoration and refurbishment of the property to create a modern luxury one bedroom loft apartment for private use. All alterations aim to address the conservation of the building’s architectural character and fabric as much as possible while introducing a number of modern additions that will allow the place to take advantage of natural daylight, increase storage and be totally modernised to be habitable and surpass current building standards in terms of energy efficiency. The proposals are currently pending planning approval but we expect to be on site later this year.

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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.

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