We have planning permission and building warrants. At the end of last year we invited tenders from five building companies for fairly major job of building the house. Those tenders were due in at the end of last week and when I spoke to Alan (the architect) yesterday he said that he had three and was waiting on two more.
So by the end of the week we should know who will be our builder for the next 8 or 9 months and we should have a better idea of the time-line. It all seems to be taking a very long time, in our original dream we naively thought we might be in by Christmas 2011!
Cowieswells is a derelict farm south of Stonehaven in NE Scotland. We were lucky enough to acquire the place in August 2010 when we were moving back to the UK from Norway and looking for something to match or even better our previous, fjord-side home. The farm house and steading (barns) command an impressive and exposed cliff top location with fantastic views across the North Sea. The buildings were constructed from sandstone in a traditional style and our goal in rebuilding it is to be sympathetic to the original design whilst creating a much larger house which is modern, efficient and maximizes the unique views.
Since we bought the place we have spent over a year working with architects, planners and generally doing stuff that doesn't make for interesting reading. This blog picks up the renovation process in late 2011 when work outside got started. Over the coming months it will be updated every week or so with pictures, movies and the odd bit of text. Like Grand Designs but without the suave sarcasm of Kevin McCloud.