St. Nicholas house

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I walked past St Nicholas house, the former home of the city council, a week or so ago and snapped this photo of its death wrap. Almost as if contained in a shroud, it stands waiting for its own demise. In the years leading up to the council moving out of the building there had […]

Castle Fraser – Aberdeenshire

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Castle Fraser – Aberdeenshire

  We had the pleasure on a warm summer day to spend some time in the shadow of Castle Fraser. The event was a jousting tournament and while it was a great day for the kids I couldn’t stop looking at the Castle. I’m embarrassed to say I knew nothing about the castle, it is […]

Filofax?

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I’ve been thinking recently that the digital age is becomiing more of a burden than a blessing. don’t get me wrong, I love a gadget as much as the next guy but there is a difference between playing with an iphone and ‘using’ and iphone. Architects are visual people, I like to have a pen […]

Schedule of works

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I am currently working my way through my third schedule of works using the NBS Scheduler software and I am finding it very helpful, both in terms of documentation and for design. This might sound very boring, and I’m sure that clients will be surprised, but the initial sketch design is not the only interesting […]

Amazing Carving

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There is something fantastic about reusing everyday things in an unexpected and creative way, not to mention doing something that begs the question “how did he do that?” The image below is from USA artist (Carpenter actually) Dalton Ghetti who carves amazing things into the lead at the end of his carpenter pencils. Click the […]

Nice and simple

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I spotted this nice little steading on the way home from Maryculter the other day, I particularly like the way the gable is built up in timber over the stone Walls.

Proud father

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I know that this is my company blog, and I know I said at the start that I’d keep on topic but…. I am so proud of my wee boy, he produced his first recognisable person drawing today. Oil paints are next (he is only two so I might be premature) Room

Waste

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I took this picture of a skip on a site I am involved with and was surprised at the variety of materials and items thrown out. Building sites deal with a vast array of materials, there are tools which wear our, offcut materials, broken or damaged materials along with all the normal day to day […]

I have a dream

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I was thinking today about the direction my practice is going and of all the interesting people I’ve met since I started down this path a few years ago. A thought jumped into my head that made me think back to an epiphany moment when I was in my final year. Architecture students are always […]

Planning application

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I spent the day today putting together a planning application for a house extension in Aberdeenshire. The really cool thing was I was able to prepare, preview and submit the whole application electronically. Now I might be showing my age here but I remember when I was on my year out we used to take […]