In Keeping

Few requests annoy me more than being asked to ensure my designs be ‘in keeping’ with their surroundings.

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Good Neighbours

Building extensions to peoples homes can be a difficult and stressful process,

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Maximum Capacity

Good builders are getting harder to find and construction costs are going up.

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Ancient and Modern

It isn’t possible to avoid older buildings when working as an Architect in Edinburgh.

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We Have A Winner

Capital A Just Won Its First Award.

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Contemporary Extension to a House in Juniper Green, Edinburgh

I am a big fan of the idea that contemporary architecture can be affordable and shouldn't be the preserve of an elite minority.

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Stepping Down as ECAN Chairman

I have been chairman of ECAN for two years, its been fun but time for a change.

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Does Contemporary Design Add Value?

Does contemporary and modern Architecture raise the value of a house. Absolutely!

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Contemporary House Extension, Corstorphine, Edinburgh

I am really pleased with how this project turned out.

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Contemporary House Extensions

I prefer to work on projects with a contemporary design

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Open Plan Living Space Today

Modern life is changing how we use our homes, Architecture needs to catch up.

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New Edinburgh Office

Capital A have a new office in Edinburgh New Town

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Contemporary Luxury Bathroom, Edinburgh New Town

I don't often get the opportunity to do interior design.

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Five Years On

A selection of the most popular blog posts by Capital A

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A Decade On

University, the best days of my life.

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Edinburgh Chartered Architects Network

Being a sole practitioner can be very isolating.

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They Think It's All Over

Just because construction has finished, doesn't mean the job is over.

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RIAS Chartered Practice

Capital A has become a chartered practice.

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The New Year Jump - Three Years On and Still Going Strong

A pattern has emerged!

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What Are We Protecting?

Some Architects think more government regulation is the answer. I disagree.

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It is a Service, not a Product!

Builders and home owners want different things.

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The Architect's Bag

What do you keep in your bag?

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Modern Architecture with a Minimalist Price Tag

This is one of my favourite project, it shows that even with a modest budget, great things are possible.

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Unbuilt Architectural Projects

Every Architect has them.

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How To Encourage More House Extensions

The single biggest thing holding back house extensions isn't the planning system.

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Architects and Money

We need to talk about the money.

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Another One Storey Wrap Around Extension in South Queensferry

A contemporary house extension in South Queensferry

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Architects and Planning Applications

Capital A have a google map showing all our successful planning applications.

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Social Media For An Architect

How do Architects use social media

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Attic Conversions

Attic conversions sound so simple. They aren't!

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Borrowing To Build A House? - Read This First !

Mortgages are tricky things.

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The Real Lost Generation

Computer Aided Design has split the architecture profession.

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Let There Be Light

Two stories underneath Edinburgh New Town

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Architect Designed Furniture

a chair, that sounds like fun!

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Modernising an Existing House Extension

What to do if you have a tired old building?

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Lets All Do The New Year Jump

After the holidays, peoples thoughts turn to house extensions.

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One Storey Wrap Around Extension, South Queensferry

A great results on a modest budget.

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Homeowners Do Not Have The Right To a View

Many people are shocked by this but it's for a very good reason.

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Buying a House With Planning Permission

Its not a simple as it sounds.

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Construction Contracts

Why you don't go ahead on a nod and a handshake.

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When Does Building Become Architecure

This must be the oldest question in the book and still, no one has a definitive answer.

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The Construction Budget: How Much Do You Have To Spend?

It isn't easy setting a construction budget for any project.

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Architects, Polymaths, TED and Continuing Professional Development

What can to web teach us? Quite a lot, actually.

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Architects Fees

How much will an Architects Fee set you back and what do you get for your money?

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What Will it Cost ?

If you have never built a project before, who do you know what it will cost?

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How to Become an Architect

Its even harder than you think.

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Contemporary Design and the Planning Department

Can you get planning permission for contemporary projects in Edinburgh? Yes, You can!

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