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month12 – bye bye caravan

The blog is back and I’m delighted to say that we have moved into the house…..someone open the champagne. It’s not quite finished yet, with decorating, floorings and storage still in progress, but 12 months after we started clearing the plot we are finally in. Our trusty static caravan has been sold and made its … Continue reading

the things we have learnt living in the caravan during winter

Olive oil sets hard when cold An iPad does not charge when it is out of battery and is caravan cold A front door with a single glazing, excessive condensation and minus temperatures means it will freeze shut and require a hefty kick before anyone can leave the caravan You need to keep your gas … Continue reading

week 18 – a special delivery from australia……and a few wrong deliveries!

During week 18 the temperature finally crept above freezing and after almost four weeks of living with no water we could finally turn the taps on with confidence. We still had to live with the small issue that the temporary supply we were connected to from the old farm house has ‘bacteria’ in it, so drinking … Continue reading

week 17 – a special birthday present

With the windows on site we couldn’t wait for them to be installed and see the first glimpse of the view from inside the house. Although we were able to gaze through the timber frame window openings at the countryside beyond, we didn’t really know what the final view would until the windows were in situ with the window frames and various glazing bars … Continue reading

weeks 16 – we have windows

Our windows and doors may still have been in production when we visited the factory in Poland, but they arrived at the site mere days after we got back home.  Each window was unloaded by hand and stacked in the house, apart from the large windows that had to be stored outside due to their size until they could … Continue reading

weeks 14 &15 – finally an excuse to dig out the passports

After a lack of progress on site during the previous weeks we were finally back in business. The windy weather had passed and work could continue on the roof. The remaining sarking boards were installed before the entire roof was covered with an underlay ready for the slates. The weather was no longer causing the … Continue reading

week 13 – our unplanned renovation project

It’s hard to believe that the first month of 2015 is gone and I’m already a few weeks behind with the blog. Back in week 13 there was little progress due to the weather……apparently gales force winds aren’t ideal conditions for working on the roof. On a more positive note we did make huge progress with … Continue reading

Week 12 – sarking boards, snow and wind……lots of wind

Unfortunately the great Scottish winter has slowed progress on site. The joiners were due to complete the sarking boards on the roof in preparation for the roof tiles, but gale force winds has meant that working on the roof wasn’t an option for most of the past week. They did manage to make some progress at the rear … Continue reading

Weeks 9/10/11 – trusses, tiles and tinsel

Well it’s here at last…….2015, the year we will move into our new home, hugely exciting. We’re sure there will be some more ups and down along the way……more tears shed and lots of laughter, but we cannot wait for the rest of our self build journey. With all the festivities, presents, eating, tinsel and R&R the … Continue reading

Week 8 – is it a bird, it is a plane..…..

……no it’s a roof truss on the crane. This week brought a couple of new arrivals to the site, a crane to erect the roof trusses and a dusting of snow. I arrived on site on Monday literally just before the crane and it wasn’t long before it was set up and ready to go. … Continue reading

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