Dunblane Collective Self Build

Homes, LocateArch, Sustainable Architecture

Four friends (including John Gilbert Architects’ Director Chris Morgan) got together to realise a dream of building truly sustainable homes for their families. Working with a local developer, planning permission was granted, complex land purchase negotiations were completed, the site was cleared and an enabling contract to provide serviced plots was completed. Externally, the houses have been designed to complement adjacent properties, featuring pale green timber cladding with stonework at ground floor and a zinc roof.

The homes have spacious, open-plan ground floors, are highly insulated and airtight with triple glazing. High performance MVHR ventilation systems means the houses need very little heat input. Any heat required can be provided by a single copper pipe around the perimeter of each floor. The houses are timber framed using offsite panels and have natural materials and finishes throughout.