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.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Painting the steading

Last weekend we painted all the wood work in the steading in an attempt to preserve it from the elements. Looks pretty good, even if I say so myself. 

Here are some before and after shots to celebrate. They are not perfectly lined up but you get the idea.   

The part closest to the house. New roofs, new gable, new doors and the stonework cleaned up 

The north wing of the steading. Pictures not a perfect match but you get the idea 

East side of north wing. New roof, new doors and the cattle court on the left has been removed  
This pictures are actually perfectly lined up. The part that has the new roof and gable has no roof in the original and has a tree growing out of it. The cattle court and the entrance porch to it have been removed. 

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