… tells the story of our new house, a self build in the Scottish Borders. We started the process during the autumn of 2011, and we’re now building our new home. So for a warts and all story, read on…
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The what and the how
In the beginning was the dormer. There seemed to be no escaping them in rural Scotland. At one point we got the strong impression that “Scottish vernacular” was being defined as “anything with dormers”. Flicking through the standard designs of some of the timber frame house builders it looked like “traditional” meant lots of fiddly, heat-stealing, leaky roof detailing. Not for us, thank you!
We’ve been in the Scottish Borders at times in the winter when the temperature during the day never got over -5C for days on end. We don’t like spending money on fuel so we wanted to take advantage of the various renewable energy heating systems out there which will insulate us not only from the cold but from rising energy costs into the bargain.