The last post was written earlier today but this evening I decided to go over to the building site as I was in the area. Glad I did as now I have more to share.


And a septic tank! In the background.

Well technically it’s a mini treatment plant. But it does the same job.

In the meantime, we have nearly finalised our kitchen choice and we continue to negotiate with Home Energy Scotland to get a loan for the Air Source Heat Pump and solar panel.

I am still waiting to hear from the Street Numbering and Naming department (I still think it’s 1 man who only works in this particular department the third Monday of the month) regarding our new house name so I shall be chasing that up.

Next, bathrooms!


So apparently people have started to complain about the lack of blogging 😬. Sorry about that – here’s the update you’ve all been waiting for!

The foundations are (nearly) done! Since last I wrote the foundation walls were finished, filled in with stones and packed down.

We’re still waiting for the steel frame for the double height gable in the kitchen (where the kids are standing!) but it should arrive this week.

In the meantime the floor slab is also down and looking fab!

(Kept the children well away from this bit!)

The timber frame has been ordered as well as the windows (they’re coming from Rationnel and I can’t wait to see them) and they’ll be here the beginning/end of July respectively. Yippee!

After months and months and MONTHS of trying to come up with a name we have bitten the bullet, made a decisions and filled in the form. We considered a nice Gaelic name or even something French (I’m quite the francophone if you are wondering!) but we were wary of constantly having to spell the name out over the phone!

In the end we combined that fact that there’s a well in the garden and our memories of a solitary rowan tree in the front garden of our first house and came up with the name Rowanwell House. We consulted with friends and family and no one hated it so it stuck!

Forms are in to the council so hopefully, fingers crossed and all being well, we will start appearing in Royal Mail address lists before too long.

And yes we will be planting a rowan tree in our new garden. Obviously.

We have been building our house for nearly a month now – 4 weeks as of tomorrow. It’s been brilliant. Tom and I have definitely had increased stress levels but that’s been more to do with getting things done on time and starting to think about the major decisions. But it’s good stress. And we are building a house so what did I expect!

The builders have finished the foundation walls and have begun to fill them in in preparation for the ground slab. 

From the back: garage, spare room & en suite, living room (with fireplace)

From the back: kitchen, family room

Two decorative additions 

The big space where the kids are standing is where the steel frame is going to go which supports the double height window in the kitchen. That’s what needs to go in next closely followed by the timber frame. The scaffolding is on site too so it’s not far off. Definitely won’t be letting the kids climb on that!

Did you know that Aberdeenshire Council has a “Street Naming & Numbering” department??? Apparently these are the people I need to speak to in order to get our official new address. I need it to apply for a renewables loan apparently. I’m not convinced but thought I would put the wheels in motion. Of course they had all gone home at 4.30. And they say teachers are part timers!!!

The brickies are in have started building the foundation walls (I have no idea if that’s what they’re called but that’s what they are!) which, when completed, will be in-filled with then earth and some stones. 

We took our best friends to the building site for the first time – I think they’re nearly as excited and relieved as we are! Mostly relieved really. 

It’s funny how the perceived size of the house varies depending on the stage we’re at. The plot looked small to me until it was cleared then it looked massive! The house footprint looked big until the walls went up then it looked smaller. I remember from episodes of Grand Designs (which we don’t watch anymore because it was scaring us too much) that it looks quite small until the timber frame and walls go up and then it looks huge again! So, watch this space!

I have to add that visiting the site gets no less exciting as we progress! Can’t believe it has only been 3 weeks since we started because so much has been done in my eyes. Thanks for reading and joining in our adventure!

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