May 23 2014

Tutto Finito

At last and very nearly on schedule, Glenlair House has arisen from the ashes and Angus and Frances can start moving into their new home. As with any project of this scale there are of course minor adjustments still to be made, but to all extents and purposes, the job is done.
Interestingly enough the finshed article is not that dissimilar to the original plan drawn up by Walter Newall in 1826 for John Clerk Maxwell.

Glenlair House 1826 300x169 Tutto Finito

Glenlair House 1826

Glenlair House 2014 300x152 Tutto Finito

Glenlair House 2014

Apr 03 2014

Quite a transformation

The scaffold is down and the roof is complete affording the opportunity to see just what has been achieved since August 2013. Of course there is still lots to be done, not least in the way of landscaping, but externally at least from the rear view, the building is complete.

August 2013 300x214 Quite a transformation

Glenlair House August 2013

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Glenlair House March 2014

Mar 24 2014

We’re going to eat well

The dining room appears enormous and although on the North side of the building with its French Windows and South facing glass door should be a delight in which to dine. I know mine host will know how to make the most of its attributes! Externally, the stonemasons, Mathew and Joe have all but completed re-pointing the complete building, whilst the slaters are still struggling to finish the complicated roof over the bay window.

The Dining Room 17.03.2 300x214 Were going to eat well

The Dining Room

The Dining Room 17.03.3 300x214 Were going to eat well

The Dining Room

Mathew and Joel finish pointing 17.03 225x300 Were going to eat well

Mathew and Joe finish pointing

Dormer Roof 17.03 300x214 Were going to eat well

Dormer Roof

Feb 21 2014

Windows 8 – So far

The men are busy fittting windows to the various openings and the stone masons have fitted the skews or Kneelers (if you are English) to the roof edges and even atop the small dormer roofs at the front. Slating of the roof is still not complete, but they are getting there, all be it slowly. Today they were fitting the ridges.

Bay Windows installed 225x300 Windows 8   So far

Bay Windows installed

Front windows installed 300x214 Windows 8   So far

Front windows installed

Feb 19 2014

Green becomes black

Despite the appalling weather, the slaters have managed to cover a large part of the roof with slates, quite clearly turning the green felt into black slates. The masons meanwhile have almost completed the stonework on the south wall, although they too have been held up, not so much by weather, but by the late arrival of the sandstone facings for the back door.

Slates2 300x225 Green becomes black

Slates 2

Slates1 300x225 Green becomes black

Slates 1

 

South Wall 300x179 Green becomes black

South Wall Rebuild

Jan 20 2014

Upstairs / Downstairs

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!

First Floor takes shape1 300x225 Upstairs / Downstairs

First Floor takes shape – 1

First Floor takes shape2 300x225 Upstairs / Downstairs

First Floor takes shape – 2

Underfloor Heating sealed 300x225 Upstairs / Downstairs

Underfloor Heating sealed

Garden view from First Floor 300x225 Upstairs / Downstairs

Garden view from First Floor

Jan 19 2014

Goings on in the bedroom

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 it is starting to look much as it did, when Henrietta and I renovated the Lodge in 1992.
So that you can understand what I mean, I attach photos of the bedroom taken then and photos taken today.

 

Master Bedroom2.1992 300x217 Goings on in the bedroom

Master Bedroom 2 – 1992

Master Bedroom 1.1992 300x210 Goings on in the bedroom

Master Bedroom 1 – 1992

 

Master Bedroom 1.2014 300x225 Goings on in the bedroom

Master Bedroom 1 – 2014

Master Bedroom 2.2014 300x225 Goings on in the bedroom

Master Bedroom 2 – 2014

Jan 05 2014

Nice and Cosy

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 ends is well advanced as is the stonework on the first of the two dormers at the front of the building.

 

Underfloor Heating2 300x225 Nice and Cosy

Underfloor Heating 2

Underfloor Heating1 300x225 Nice and Cosy

Underfloor Heating 1

Gable Stonework 225x300 Nice and Cosy

Gable Stonework

Dormer Stonework 225x300 Nice and Cosy

Dormer Stonework

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.

Front 300x225 The Greening of Glenlair

Front

Back 300x225 The Greening of Glenlair

Back

Dec 12 2013

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

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 the bottom sill lowered in order to make a French window opening into the back garden. Unfortunately because of all the scaffolding still in place, it is a little difficult to see clearly just what’s been done.

Lintel Removal Dec 2008 300x225 A Cats Cradle and the re birth of the bay window

Lintel Removal Dec 2008

Bay Window stabilisation Dec 2008 300x225 A Cats Cradle and the re birth of the bay window

Bay Window stabilisation Dec 2008

Sandstone stored for future use Dec 2008 300x225 A Cats Cradle and the re birth of the bay window

Sandstone stored for future use Dec 2008

Lintel Back in place Dec 2013 300x225 A Cats Cradle and the re birth of the bay window

Lintel Back in place Dec 2013

Binky proudly shows off lowere sill 300x225 A Cats Cradle and the re birth of the bay window

Binky proudly shows off lower sill

Cats Cradle 300x225 A Cats Cradle and the re birth of the bay window

Cat’s Cradle

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