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About this blog

This is a blog to record our progress and experience of building a new house in the highlands. The purpose of building is to give us somewhere to live on-site where we work in the woodland.

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The roof

I'm posting this as a single blog entry for a number of reasons. One as it's the biggest bit of work we've done without professional help. Two as sheet roofing seems to be a topic of interest on BH and three because this stuff was hard going, with minimal information available on fitting guidance, so hopefully this might help others.   We are using eternit profile 6 sheet roofing. It is fibre cement board and we initially chose it due to some perceived benefits over wriggly tin (princi

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Frame progress

The last week or so we've been blessed with pretty nice weather which has allowed for good progress on the frame. We hired in a hiab lorry for a morning to help with lifting the gables, ridge beam and roofing.   As everyone probably finds out, now we start to get a better sense of the size of the house and how it sits in the landscape.   SSE came in the other day for our grid connection. Those who have been following our progress might remember this was quite pric

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Foundations, frame and posi joists delays

Been a busy few weeks. Following the groundworks, the slab was set out and poured. It was a bit of a warm day, and there was a definite sense of urgency as it went off fairly fast.     Now we've got a local joiner putting a frame up for us. It's being built from I-beams on site. I'd planned this all as best as I could, expecting our posi's next week based on what the supplier told us about lead times. It now turns out it will be another 4 weeks. While I'd rather not leave th

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It starts!

Progress this week. More photos than words for now. HQ is set up, including the shower.   After felling the trees on site, a few big machines visited to get the logs out.   Leaving the site looking like this:   The last few days have then involved a lot of muck moving and getting decent material out for the tracks and base, leaving us looking something like this:   Next stop, foundations!

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Trees!

Since the last blog entry we've been working away at co-coordinating the paperwork for the building warrant . But progress is slowly being made. Last week we heard we've been lucky enough to get a 50% grant towards our grid connection costs, which is a big help. Anyone else who's thinking of applying, feel free to get in touch if you want to know more about it. I think you need to sit within SSE's (North Scotland) area.   As part of our build we're removing quite a few conifers, the co

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Planning permission granted!

Rather surprisingly our planning permission was granted at the end of last week. It turned out to be easier than we'd thought and a good few weeks before the planning authority were required to make a decision. We have a few conditions, some tree related as we're surrounded by them and one or two of the usual suspects related to foul drainage etc.   As there's no progress on site, we've been doing a bit of woodland restoration (the main reason for building a house here). As I know you

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Draft plans

We've got some initial ideas together, image attached.  For anyone interested, we've used an architect to help us.  The picture roughly shows the situation, the current plan is to take out some of the conifers in the background and place the house there, replanting some other areas with natives.   To give the attached a bit of context, this is a house which allow us to work/restore an area of woodland, hence why the main entry is through the utility room.  Overall we're looking for a f

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Initial ideas

We're at the beginning of the self build process, up in the Highlands.  We have a site that has full planning and we have quite a few ideas, so for now it's cracking on with a lot of research.  We originally acquired the land as a bit of an exercise in woodland management, specifically with the long-term aim of developing native woodland and productive timber (though we might not see it in our lifetime).  The planning is almost a bonus,  living on site will make the woodland worl easier. We

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