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.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Week 5 - Started building

Things have been a bit slow this week. Monday was a bank holiday and then I was down at the site on Tuesday. It was pouring with  rain and two guys were standing around looking pissed off. I chatted with them for a while before they gave up and went off somewhere else to do something that could be done in the rain. Popped down on Friday evening and they had finished the first couple of rows of blocks for the main extension and the utility room. It starts to give a real feel for the layout and how big the rooms will be, although the rooms always seem really small when you just see the outline.
So just a couple of pictures. I also have the timelapse camera working now so if two guys laying a few rows of blocks makes for an interesting movie I'll up load it.

First few rows on blocks on the main extension and the utility room (to the right) 

Main extension 

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