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.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Week 6 - Its progressing - slowly

I have been in Norway and Spain this week and didn't get back until Saturday night. On Sunday  spent the day at Cowieswells with some friends and started planning the garden out in earnest with Jo who is going to be our landscape gardener. It was fun 

Building work has progressed, slowly. The foundations and associated block work are finished for three of the four extensions, only the dinning room remains and that is small. I know its only one guy working on it (see last weeks timelapse) but it feels painfully slow after the initial weeks of rapid progress. I have a meeting with the architect and builders on site on Wednesday so I'll see if we can't move things along a bit quicker. 

Good to see the layout of the rooms though and its all still very exciting.

Foundations for main extension 

Foundations for lounge 

Fish and chip lunch in the steading. Note use of old cardboard box for child management purposes. Very effective 

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