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.

Monday, 2 April 2012

End of week 3

It's the end of another week and the guys have been cracking on. The house and bothy are now completely stripped out and the both roofs have gone. Trenches for the foundations for the extensions have also been dug.

I am a bit gutted that I had set up my time-lapse camera to record the entire process but it failed (operator error - reboot user!) so we will have to make do with some photos  

Roof and the small lean-to have both gone from the main house. A large hole has been dug for the extension.
Inside the house, everything is gone and we are back to the stonework
View from the SE, showing the house and the bothy with no roofs. Note also the porch has gone from the house. 

The front of the house with the trench for the foundations for the dinning room extension
Inside the bothy
Old fireplace in bothy. Unfortunately we can't keep these but at least the flagstones have been saved and will be reused in the garden.  

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