February has seen tennis-court-sized sheets of tanking membranes installed ready for yet more acreage of concrete slabs to be poured. Work is simultaneously progressing to ground floor and basement areas. Where retaining walls have been erected, these are starting to be wrapped in their insulated, waterproof jackets. The spaces within the basement areas are now starting to become visible, almost half of which will become the climate-controlled wine cellar.
Following completion of the lowest basement foundations, and whilst work progresses on the other subterranean areas, the first steelwork has arrived on site. The top of the 'goalpost' arrangement of steels shown in images above is a good guide for where the finished floor level will be in the ground floor living room. The view from the sofa is going to be stunning!
Site Foreman 'Bobo' deserves special mention for the neat concrete detailing the highly complex stepped and chamfered foundations. Its almost a shame to cover it all up!
Throughout December work has progressed with setup for the first of the large reinforced concrete foundations, slabs and retaining walls forming the basement areas. Finding suitable weather windows has been tricky at times, but just before the Christmas break the first of the big concrete pours was pumped in.
November has seen a vicious cold snap arrive in Scotland, with the mercury falling to -9 on some days. The contractors, kitted out in North Sea survival suits, have been managing work around the fluctuating conditions as best they can. Foundations have been commenced at the most northerly gable, and other excavations and service preparations are ongoing whilst the frosts persist.
After the initial demolition phases of the project were complete, the negotiated contract kicked off in late October. The site has now been levelled, and preparations are already underway for the start of the extensive substructures.
An eerily empty patch of dirt has now replaced the former farmhouse at Loch Tummel, following the completion of the demolition works. Although there is a twinge of sadness at the removal of the house and adjacent byre, there is now a real sense of the possibility for change and renewal. As much material as possible has been salvaged from the former buildings: roof slates carefully stripped by hand for reuse; stonework set aside for reuse in the new design; and timber salvaged and recycled by a local market garden.
Works to the outbuilding continue to progress, with foundations, slabs and main external walls complete. The next period will see the erection of the roof and start of the timber cladding.
The hollowed-out shell of the existing Kynachan farmhouse is looking in a rather sorry state, as it is prepared for demolition. The next time we visit site, there is likely to be very little left of this Victorian building.
WT Architecture are often involved with projects that seek to preserve elements of existing buildings alongside new interventions. However, in this case it was felt that the site's ancient pattern of birth and rebirth should be continued, to renew the site for another century.
Meanwhile, work is progressing on the foundations of the new outbuilding to the south of the main house site.
We were on site in early this month to see the start of a quite remarkable project in the Perthshire Highlands. Since 2014, in fact almost two years to the day, we have been working on this project to create new home on the shores of Loch Tummel. We are now delighted to be starting on site with 7even Construction of Aviemore.
The initial phases of the contract will see the demolition of the existing house and adjacent byre, and the erection of a new detached outbuilding. The main contract is then anticipated to role forwards in the early Summer.
Our first trip to site saw the mobilisation of site services, the setting-out of the new outbuilding, and the stripping out of the existing house ready for demolition. The roof stripping was undertaken by hand, under the watchful eye of the appointed ecologist who was on hand to re-home the small number of bats still inhabiting the roof. These will be given a permanent new home in the form of a dedicated roof space above the new garage outbuilding.