After almost a year, whilst the oldest part of Glenlair House was being rebuilt, the James Clerk Maxwell visitor centre is again open to visitors. For those Maxwell enthusiasts who would like to visit please make an appointment, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jul 29 2014
May 23 2014
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.
Apr 03 2014
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.
Mar 24 2014
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.
Feb 21 2014
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.
Feb 19 2014
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.
Jan 20 2014
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
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.
Jan 05 2014
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.
Dec 14 2013
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.