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.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Week 7 - Foundations in

I had a meeting with the architect and the builders and they seemed to think everything was coming along on schedule despite the fact it hasn't stopped raining for two weeks. Also received the schedule which indicates that we will have a roof by mid June, be weather tight by August and moving in, at the start of November. Just in time for a bonfire night party! 

The foundations for the main extension - back filled. 
Utility room extension 

Lounge extension foundations 

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