• Croft Moraig

    Croft Moraig

  • Front slide 1

    Front elevation from the lane

  • Front slide 2

    Front elevation from the gate

  • Front slide 3

    Getting out of the ground 17th March 2013

  • Front slide 4

    Walls up 21st March

  • Part way through the roof 31st March

  • In the roof

    Room in the roof 12th April 2013

  • Front slide 6

    Progress on the roof photographed from nearby Mount Topsoil 23rd April 2013

This website

... 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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And they all lived happily ever after

And they all lived happily ever after
So, a year on and how did we do? Around the time of my last post everything was hotting up with Stan’s building team putting the effort to get us in for the end of July, and with us moving house from Manchester for the…

Finishes – a sneak preview

Finishes – a sneak preview
Blockwork? Garages? Concrete? But what about nice things? Read on!

Underfloor heating

Underfloor heating
Now we're getting to the really interesting part, the point of no return with the floor! Putting in the underfloor heating is a job involving three different teams from Stan's building firm, and slowly (quite quickly really!) the inside of the house takes on another guise.
Planning applications
You can read through our planning applications at the Scottish Borders Council planning portal.
We will be ... here
Map showing where we are

Here we are

Chance of Rain
Tomorrow 05/03 40%
Chance of Rain
Partly cloudy early followed by increasing clouds with showers developing later in the day. High 12C. Winds WSW at 25 to 40 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 05/04 0%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies, with gusty winds developing during the afternoon. Turning warmer. High 13C. Winds SSW at 25 to 40 km/h.
Partly Cloudy
Thursday 05/05 10%
Partly Cloudy
Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High around 15C. Winds SW at 25 to 40 km/h.

Things we're finding useful

Useful magazines for self builders
Yes, really, we were featured in David Snell's Plotfinder column in this magazine.
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Useful books for self builders
Mark Brinkley's "Housebuilders Bible" is by far the most useful book we found while researching for our new house. Highly recommended.
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Useful websites for self builders
The Green Building Forum has been both useful and entertaining. There are some extremely knowledgeable people frequenting the forum and conversations are always detailed and cordial. They even entertained some of my more naive questions without complaining too much!

The what and the how

The Design

cropped-4.jpg 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! Read more

Keeping warm

Warmcel insulation 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. Read More...
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