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Posted by John in Self builds blogs
3D render of community self build in Edinburgh
17 February 2017
In the summer of 2013 architect John Kinsley decided that an infill site near to his home in Portobello, Edinburgh, would make a good location for a community self build. Three years on, work is now...
Posted by John in Self builds blogs
floorplans
18 October 2016
In the summer of 2013 architect John Kinsley decided that an infill site near to his home in Portobello, Edinburgh, would make a good location for a community self build. Three years on, work is now...
Posted by John in Self builds blogs
community self builders
30 August 2016
In the summer of 2013 architect John Kinsley decided that an infill site near to his home in Portobello, Edinburgh, would make a good location for a community self build. Three years later, the...
Posted by Mark in Self builds blogs
brick clad oak frame home
01 January 2016
It’s all hands on deck as progress on the interior of Mark and Julia’s oak frame home speeds up with first fix work in progress and the underfloor heating being embedded in liquid screed.   October...
Posted by Mark in Self builds blogs
pipework fitted to studwork
01 December 2015
Mark and Julia have been kept busy with numerous technical decisions, including identifying the best place for their soakaway and the ideal location of the boiler flue. The good news about our...
Posted by Mark in Self builds blogs
glazed oak frame gable
01 November 2015
As their neighbours move into their new home, Mark and Julia take stock of how their own self build is progressing and start planning first fix plumbing and electrics. On August 23rd 2015 Chas and...
Posted by Mark in Self builds blogs
sealing the insulation
01 October 2015
Mark and Julia work through the all-important task of creating a well-insulated home. The main utility services (water and electricity) are in and the trenches covered. I have a permanent...
Posted by Mark in Self builds blogs
oak frame dormer window
01 September 2015
Mark and Julia fit their windows and doors with a little help from their friends. I have been focusing on closing in the building for the best part of six weeks since the scaffold came down, but...
Posted by Mark in Self builds blogs
oak frame balcony
01 August 2015
The scaffold on Mark and Julia’s project has been taken down  to reveal a beautiful work in progress. Self building is like running a marathon and I have never felt so tired in my life. Work is also...
Posted by Mark in Self builds blogs
oak frame interior work
29 July 2015
Lighter evenings see Mark and Julia’s project speed up as the couple find time to get more hands-on with the build. I’m so glad summer is finally here. The days are longer so when I leave work I...

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