Finally after 2 years of dreaming and months of planning, our Stone Byres now have new roofs – and very swanky they are too!
Our lovely outbuildings needed serious attention, we looked out at them on a daily basis and pondered. But no matter how much we pondered the roofs were still disintergrating!
Last year Steve’s sister and brother in law Spence, visited – he is a master of all things construction with a moderate amount of dry stone walling thrown in… Well, one thing lead to another and by the time they left he’d voiced out loud his intention to take on the project. An amount of gentle persuasion and Adam (Spence’s eldest son, and competent tradesman too) was soon on the workforce.
Various emails went back and forth regarding timescales, schedules and what materials were needed. Dates were set and Steve hunted down and ordered the materials. I increased my tool kit! (rubs hands together with glee!)
Then it was on to preparation work in readiness for the big week.
The buildings had to be emptied of all their ‘stuff’ and dry storage found under tarps. The disintegrating roof sheets and all the roof timbers needed to be dismantled and taken away and the precariously dangerous and unstable corner walls of shed 3 had to be taken down carefully in readiness for rebuilding – and all this fitted in whilst being open for Bed and Breakfasts and working on a fencing and field plan for the croft…. Blimey!
The first weight off our minds was the roofing materials arriving 2 weeks before ‘the boys’ arrived – very exciting!
And then the big day rolled around and Steve left here early Saturday morning in pretty thick snow to drive the 100 miles to the airport to collect the family for the last stage of the 800 mile trip.
They had had a good flight and saw some pretty snowy scenes and many deer on route. Warm fires simple jacket potato’s a night cap and early to bed ready for an early start for Day 1
And didn’t they do well!
Day 1 big posts and ring beam on. Check
Day 2 A frames and purlins, rafters started,
Day 3 rafters finished and roofing sheets started
Day 4 roofing sheets finished, end walls and barge boards done tie downs started.
Day 5 ridge boards done, dry stone wall mostly done, stone work at the back of the sheds done and tie downs finished –
Day 6 a couple of hours finishing the stone wall and the rest of the day off! Road trip to Durness and Smoo cave.
Incredible work, Spence had 7am starts and they both worked through some Highland weather on Monday (day 2) – and worked really hard every day. We kept them fed, watered and helped where we could… we are so impressed with the results – and not only us…our lovely neighbours have been very complimentary too.
Thank you Spence and Adam (and Jacinta of course, we have evidence that you contributed to the stone wall) for our wonderful new roofs…. Hooray! Top Team.