Jan 20 2014

Upstairs / Downstairs

Garden view from First Floor

Everyday seems to see more and more men on site -joiners, electricians, plumbers, stonemasons roofers and even the odd gopher, cleaning up after them! So there are signs of progress everywhere, to put it succinctly upstairs and downstairs! There’s even a room with a view – of Angus’s office in the garden!

Jan 19 2014

Goings on in the bedroom

Master Bedroom 2 - 1992

Well work recommenced on the 6th. January and it is plain that the lads were all well rested as they set to with gusto, ousting poor Angus and Frances from their cosy master bedroom and proceeding to demolish it! I’m sure it will all turn out for the best in the end, but right now …

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Jan 05 2014

Nice and Cosy

Dormer Stonework

Just before the men knocked off for their well-earned Christmas and New Year break, the plumbers were busy laying the underfloor heating coils on the ground floor. It was hoped to pour the concrete covering before Christmas, but unfortunately the wild wet and windy weather made that impossible. The stone facing on the two gable …

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Dec 14 2013

The Greening of Glenlair


Now plainly visible as you drive past the farm on the B794 going to/from Corsock, thanks to the newly felted green roofs. The window openings have been sealed with polythene and to all extents and purposes, the building is now wind and watertight.

Dec 12 2013

A Cat’s Cradle and the re-birth of the bay window

Bay Window stabilisation Dec 2008

A forest of roof trusses makes the Cat’s Cradle and one can only wonder what it will be like crawling around there tracing leaks or running cables – ah well they’re young! The Bay window at the rear of the house which was partially dismantled whilst stabilising the building in 2005 has been restored and …

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Dec 03 2013

Amazing what you can do with a flat-pack

Walls and floors

Suddenly a transformation is taking place as the flat packs are dismantled and become floors, walls and even the roof. Mind you all this is only possible with the right tools to do the job – screwdrivers and the odd shifting spanner are definitely not up to the job – you definitely need the most …

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Nov 08 2013

Opening the Time Capsule

Opening the Time Capsule

Well at last we summoned up the courage to open the Time Capsule and as we were looking for nimble steady hands, Angus was duly elected to do the business! On went a pair of pristine white gloves; a nice clean tablecloth on the table and off we went…! First the wax sealer around the …

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Nov 02 2013

‘IKEA’ flat-pack arrives

Fully scaffolded - rear

Yesterday, a massive articulated lorry, far too big to come up the drive, unceremoniously dumped enormous lengths of timber at the road-end. Panic set in, but our trusty old Massey-Ferguson 240 and Graham’s Manitou successfully picked up the pieces and transported them up to the site. Foreman Gordon was somewhat surprised to find himself driving …

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Oct 25 2013

Concrete base floor is laid

Cement arrives

Four large lorry loads of cement and a transformation takes place within the building shell. Tons of breezeblocks have also been delivered and very soon the central partition wall and the end wall will start to rise from the rubble. Unfortunately the weather has broken and rain is the order of the day.

Oct 15 2013

Demolition Ends, Reconstruction Starts

Interior levelled ready for concreting 2

With all the rubble removed, together with the central and end walls, the men have been busy levelling the entire floor area, ready to pour concrete later this week. Because of the Scottish “Tattie howkin’” holiday no work will take place on Monday and Tuesday. Impressive mounds of rubble and stone are stacked around the …

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