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Blueprint Architecture work with our clients throughout the design process and apply our experience and skill to see your project through to completion.

Where you live and how you use and enjoy that environment is very important. We understand the benefits that a beautiful space brings and we work with you to create the perfect environment to live or work in.

We have been on this journey not only with our clients, but also with our own self build. We understand the process for the required Consents, but more than that we want to create a building that you love! You might have a view you want to wake up to, a quiet area you need to work in, or space for the family to relax and unwind. By listening to you and applying our design experience we will help create that perfect place.

In 2017 Blueprint Architecture was delighted to be awarded the President’s Medal for the refurbishment and extension of a private house near Dornoch from the Inverness Architects Association (IAA) who are the local chapter of the RIAS.

In 2020 the practice was a finalist on BBC Scotland's series 'Scotland's Home of the Year' and Duncan was invited to join his client for filming in Glasgow.

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Passive House

Following the Certified European Passive House Design course at Strathclyde University we are able to incorporate the principles of Passive House into the design work we undertake. The course provided advanced training for architects and designers already experienced in energy optimised construction and renovation. It included in depth training on the following;

  • The heat-insulating building shell
  • Construction heat bridges
  • Passive House windows
  • Air-tightness and Blower Door Tests
  • Thermography
  • Ventilation
  • Summer comfort
  • Utilisation of residual heat
  • Quality Assurance of heating and ventilation
  • Passive House Planning Package (PHPP)
  • Non-residential Passive House
  • Construction Supervision and Quality Assurance

We have found these principles to be relevant to all buildings, and particularly to new house design where energy optimisation and the correct approach to solar gain are key to user comfort and enjoyment. The consideration of energy use and how this can be reduced can also have a significant impact on the year-on-year costs of a property and the course looked at life-cycle costs for materials and renewable technologies. We also benefit from having installed a Ground Source Heat Pump in one of our own projects over 15 years ago and were early adopters of other new technologies and air tightness principles.

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Duncan proved to be a first rate Architect, insightful, perceptive of his Clients needs, and well able to apply his expertise to flesh out the needs of his Client into a good, aesthetically pleasing & workable plan. Able to deal with the ever changing needs and viewpoints of the typical Architects client, and adapt with goodwill & humour to them. Would recommend his expertise to any person venturing into the confusing world of self build, or turn key build project.

Working with Duncan has been a delight from start to finish. From our first meeting until the day we moved in Duncan has been inspirational and innovative, calm and kept us to clear plans. Despite all the TV shows we had no drama, no nasty surprises and Duncan worked brilliantly with our contractors. We had regular meetings (and lots of coffee) and that meant he kept us all on time... and budget!"
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