Hire the Professionals - Design

Helping Hands: Hiring the Right Professionals for Your Self Build

Allan Corfield Architect, Construction Professionals, extensions, Self Build 7 Comments

‘If you want a thing done well, hire the professionals!’ When laying out the plans for a dream home, sometimes enthusiasm can get the better of Self Builders. Giving in to temptation and taking on the role of project manager can sometimes hamper progress and can also have an impact on the overall costs if the Self Builder lacks the ...
Air Source Heat Pumps

Collaborating With Your Self Build Architect

Allan Corfield Architect, Magazine Feature, Self Build 5 Comments

Learning to Collaborate - Choose, Appoint and Brief Your Self Build Architect As experts in the field of one-off Self Build homes, recently ACA have been busy contributing to the UK’s best-selling Self Build magazine – Homebuilding & Renovating. Our expert advice has appeared in the most recent issue (October 2015), and we have also had a blog published on ...
SIPs Construction Method Going Ahead

A Guide to Self Build Construction Methods

Allan Corfield Construction Methods, Eco Homes, Self Build 3 Comments

Self Build Construction Methods - Which one is for me? When setting out a design brief with an architect, the construction method you select for your Self Build will have a strong influence on many other aspects of the project. It can affect the speed of the build, the overall costs, as well as the energy efficiency. There are many ...
Top 10 Tips

Top 10 Tips: Expert Advice for Self Build Success

Allan Corfield Eco Homes, Self Build Leave a Comment

With the government looking to significantly increase the number of Self Build housing projects in the UK, where do novice Self Builders start – especially if they have no prior experience within the construction industry? Here are our Top 10 Tips for a Budding Self Builder: 1. Self Build Lessons – Do Your Homework! Every building needs a solid foundation, however, ...
Self Build Grand Design

What Exactly is a Self Build?

Allan Corfield Construction Methods, Eco Homes, Self Build 1 Comment

Does Grand Designs Give The Wrong Impression?  Watch any episode of Channel 4's Grand Designs, and quite quickly you develop an understanding of the rigours of Self Building. The UK's Self Build champion, Kevin McCloud, follows the dramatic ups and downs of an ambitious couple desperate to build their dream home. A typical episode might (if slightly exaggerated) proceed as follows: Part One: Happy Days The couple ...
Home Design - The Key Stages

Magazine Feature – Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine Dec 2014

Allan Corfield Magazine Feature, Self Build Leave a Comment

A Barn Style SIPs Home Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine featured an energy-efficient home with light filled rooms and renewable technologies. By Ely Price on 25 Nov 2014 When Colin Amor chose to take early retirement from his career as a commercial airline pilot, he set his sights on a new project — something he’d never done before: building his own home. As a ...
3D Model Self Build

7 Questions with Allan Corfield – Expert Self Build Advice

Allan Corfield Construction Professionals, Self Build Leave a Comment

Allan Corfield Architects Limited is a young but experienced architectural firm - based in Scotland, but working tirelessly all over the UK. With the business now going from strength to strength, we caught up with Director Allan Corfield about where the company came from, what it does, and where it is heading in the near future: 1. What’s the story behind starting AC ...
TCMA 2015

TCMA 2015 Review – Part Two

Allan Corfield Architect, Business News, Self Build 2 Comments

The Content Marketing Academy 2015 - COSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh The afternoon talks at The Content Marketing Academy 2015 continued when Richard Tubb took to the stage to seamlessly build on Stefan Thomas' advice, and explain how to turn contacts into customers. Richard spoke of the importance of building quality relationships with your contacts, as opposed to simply having large quantities of ...
TCMA 2015

TCMA 2015 Review – Part One

Allan Corfield Architect, Business News, Self Build 2 Comments

The Content Marketing Academy 2015 - COSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh Chris the Redeemer: 'Be a doer of the word and not only a hearer...' Following the restructuring of our business aims in 2012, AC Architects' reputation in the Self Build design industry steadily began to grow. At the beginning of 2015, Allan Corfield Architects embarked on a new and exciting ...