The image on the right is an aerial photo from Bing showing the place when we bought it (yes it really was a bunch of derelict buildings surrounded by scrap cars). The picture on the left is a sketch of what we are planning. We have already re-roofed the steading and removed the cattle court and the dutch barn. There is a dotted red outline showing the current house which will form the centre of the new dwelling. The new sections to the south and east will be glass to make the most of the views and warmth from the sun.
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.