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, 13 March 2012

Tender Awarded

Following long and fairly protracted discussions the Tender for the main house has now been awarded to Peterkin Homes. These are the same people who did the steading and we were very happy with what they did there.

The work will start within the next couple of weeks and the current estimate is that it will take 28 weeks (sounds like a Danny Boyle movie...) which means it should be finished by October.

The water pipes, a telephone cable and an electrical cable to the gate are now in. The weather at the weekend was stunning (17 degrees) and we spent Sunday having a picnic down there are dreaming of the day that this amazing place will be our home.

Now things are getting very exciting

More to follow soon....

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