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Posted by John in Self builds blogs
cross-laminated timber frame
06 June 2017
When he spotted an infill site near his home in Portobello, Edinburgh, architect John Kinsley decided it would be the ideal spot for a community self-build. Following our last entry which focused on...
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
oak frame with plasterboarding
01 March 2016
This month, Julia and Mark see the shape and scale of their new home’s interior emerge as the plasterboarding phase is completed. December 2015 marked the first anniversary of us commencing building...
Posted by Mark in Self builds blogs
first fix electrics
01 February 2016
With the main electrics and plumbing in place, Mark and Julia get to grips with the lighting scheme, ventilation and second layer of insulation It’s been a few weeks since we completed the first fix...
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...

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