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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 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

week 7 – windows, first floor and an unexpected visitor

We spent another few days on site this week trying to put the finishing touches to the caravan. After we arrived we headed over to the house to catch up with the builder and check out this weeks progress. On returning to the caravan I discovered that we had an unexpected visitor in the living room.  At … Continue reading

week 6 – we have walls

The digger has now finished its work after completing the drainage and garage floor. Much to my surprise the concrete floor of the garage has been sanded smooth.  Simon is delighted as it will be, and I quote, ‘lovely and comfortable for me to lie on when I fix the cars’. I’m not sure that concrete can be comfortable even … Continue reading

week 5 – an important delivery

We managed to spend a full day on site this week and what a day it was. We arrived at 7am to witness the arrival of a very important delivery….our timber frame. But before it arrived we caught our first sunrise….a sign that we were in for a good day. Our timber frame company has … Continue reading

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