Front elevation from the lane
Front elevation from the gate
Getting out of the ground 17th March 2013
Walls up 21st March
Part way through the roof 31st March
Room in the roof 12th April 2013
Progress on the roof photographed from nearby Mount Topsoil 23rd April 2013
... 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...
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… Read More...
Blockwork? Garages? Concrete? But what about nice things? Read on! Read More...
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. Read More...
Things we're finding useful
Useful websites for self builders
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.