We bought the place in August 2010, we fixed the Steading (barns) between Sept 2011 and Jan 2012 and we started work on the main house in March 2012. Work was due to be completed in September 2012 and due to various reasons the project ran over by 6 months. I have watched enough Grand Designs to realise that this is fairly normal. Now we are in and despite the delays we are really pleased with the quality of the work done by the builders (Peterkin Homes), they have been great people to work with, excellent workmanship, really friendly and very flexible. We have also been very happy with our architects at Alan Forbes who designed us an excellent space to bring up our rapidly expanding family (this is starting to sound a bit like an Oscar acceptance speak here, so I shall quickly change tack...).
Very happy to be in and very much enjoying having space and light. Small children mean that we are often up early and drinking a cup of tea while watching the light on the water as the sunrises over the sea is the reason we wanted to live here. The house is great and once I work out how to use the heating and we get the sound/audio visual/lighting system finished it will all be very hi-tec.
There is still stuff to do, especially finishing the garden, and there will be more posts to follow as we get settled. There are also timelapse movies to compile and a photo anthology to sort out. In the meantime here are a few pics from moving in day.
|This view best captures everything we have tried to do in one photo.|
|Kitchen breakfast bar and fire|
|OMG - lots of space!|
|Staircase and stonewall bringing together the old and the new|
|Living room with a fine view eastward out to sea.|
|Utility room. Raised washer and drier so I don't have to bend to do the washing - part of getting old!|
|One of my favourite spots in the house|
|Big bath in main bathroom - the girls love it!|
|The bothy, almost ready for guests|
|Another view of the bothy.|