• 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…

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Finishes – a sneak preview

Finishes – a sneak preview

Blockwork? Garages? Concrete? But what about nice things? Read on!

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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.

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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

The what and the how

The Design


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!

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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.

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