Our first job was to secure the steading which was in a pretty sorry state. The plan was to clean the junk out, remove the cattle court and recent structures, replace the roof including new trusses, repoint all the stonework and fit new windows and doors. The new roof is corrugated iron, primarily because it was a lot cheaper than slate however the trusses are designed to support slates in the future and the slates that could be salvaged were.
The work was carried out over a four month period from September to December 2011. I was lucky enough to be off work in that period and spent a fair bit of time down there. It was a bigger job than we had anticipated and once it was finished we are amazed at how much space there is. The guys did an excellent job and the place looks so much better already. Since its been finished I have already started filling it with shelving for storage. Workshop next.
There is a timelapse video here of the roof going on. Photos below show some before and after.
Roof hanging off the west wing
South wing, note the asbestos roof and the state of the walls
Pig pen, complete with tree and the cattle court from the east
North wing of steading, nice brick arches but no roof.
After the clean out
Some serious work required on the wall heads
Cattle court gone
Those brick arches look somewhat precarious
Look out the bosses are on site
Doorway in west wind looking more secure
Rebuilt wall head at the end of the north wing
Rebuilding the gable on the north wing
Starting to look like a proper set of buildings with the trusses on
Inside the north wing
New roof in corrugated iron. Looks water tight to me
Looks a lot better now
The south wing with new gable and doors
Those brick arches look a lot better now