Renovation of the Lodge (formerly the Servants’ Quarters)

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Glenlair House circa 1867

This old photograph was taken before the disastrous fire of 1929 that destroyed the greater part of the house in which Professor James Clerk Maxwell lived from about 1832 until his death in 1879. The Fergusons renovated the Servantsí Quarters, at the right hand end of the building in 1993. This article gives a small insight into the work that was undertaken. The architect for the renovations was Mr. Antony Wolffe of Gatehouse of Fleet and Mr. Cyril Caig of Corsock carried out the building and joinery work.

 

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Glenlair Lodge circa 1992

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Glenlair House circa 1992

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before work commenced in 1992, the property had been unoccupied for some 20 years and as can be seen in the photographs was encroached on by trees and vegetation

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The first stage of the renovation was to clear vegetation from the rear of the house and remove all internal floors, plaster from walls and ceilings and cut out all rotten or diseased timber. Additionally permission was sought from Historic Scotland for the removal of the gable ends of the main house, which hung rather precariously above the servantsí quarters.

Inside the house after the floors had been dug out and the plaster removed from the walls, the enormity of the task ahead became clear.

lodge cupola2 Renovation of the Lodge (formerly the Servants Quarters)Above is a view, looking towards the front door with the cupola. The red door on the left finally became the kitchen door. The remaining two doorways were filled in. lodge dairy Renovation of the Lodge (formerly the Servants Quarters)

The old dairy had tiled walls and slate worktops. The floor was laid with sandstone slabs and of course the window frame was rotten as were all the rest.

The area, which was to become No.1 bedroom originally encompassed a bathroom, a W.C., a small windowless bedroom and a store room complete with their brick dividing walls. Many barrow loads of rubble were removed!

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Glenlair Lodge Bedroom No.1

This area subsequently became the kitchen. One clue is the panelling on the side of the stairs that was retained in the new design. The beams above the main bedroom are exposed ready for treatment and removal of rotten or damaged areas.

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Glenlair Lodge Kitchen

The beams above the main bedroom are exposed ready for treatment and removal of rotten or damaged areas.

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Beams above the main bedroom

More work progressing in the main bedroom as walls and fixtures are removed. The door on the right opens into the conservatory.

lodge work Renovation of the Lodge (formerly the Servants Quarters)Outside, work progresses on a curtain drain, which encircles the house and obviated the requirement to install a damp proof course. This was a major concession as it saved drilling thousands of holes into the stonework around the bottom of the walls.

lodge drain Renovation of the Lodge (formerly the Servants Quarters)The first new windows are installed for the second bathroom and the utility room. The window on the first floor landing was fortunately in good condition and was the only window not replaced in the building. All new windows were hand made and of sliding sash design. The gables of the main house have also been removed by this stage.

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The doors of the coal cellar are removed and replaced with two windows for the new kitchen. The wall below the windows is built up in stonework to match the existing and a sandstone lintel is fitted to complete the transformation. lodge window Renovation of the Lodge (formerly the Servants Quarters)Inside the coalhouse, Cyril Caig installs the new windows. The ceiling beams are exposed for treatment before installation of plasterboard, in place of the original lath and plaster finish.

lodge stairs before Renovation of the Lodge (formerly the Servants Quarters)The original stairs were in reasonable condition compared with most of the house, but the woodwork wore many coats of paint acquired over the years. It was a long hard slog to strip off all the paint, but the final result was definitely worth all the effort!

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The lounge and main bedroom begin to take shape as plasterboard, picture rails, skirting boards and door surrounds are fitted and seams are taped ready for plastering.lodge lounge Renovation of the Lodge (formerly the Servants Quarters) The lounge gets a fireplace and a parquet floor.

lodge bathroom Renovation of the Lodge (formerly the Servants Quarters)The old dairy becomes a bathroom.

lodge cons Renovation of the Lodge (formerly the Servants Quarters)The conservatory is given some new Italian tiles!

lodge finished Renovation of the Lodge (formerly the Servants Quarters)The finished article

1 comment

  1. John Uribe

    What an undertaking. We sell faux beams (ceiling beams) here in the states and have dealt with a few renovations due to fire but NEVER on anything like this. So much history. Very well done.

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