tattiehouse

May 21, 2013

Getting our house in order

Filed under: Boat, Fishing, General, Roof — tattiehouse @ 12:36

This year for us is all about getting the job done. Neither of us wants the renovation to drag on endlessly so it’s really important that we stay focussed on the many things we want to achieve before winter and do everything we can to make them happen. We’re taking great care with how we spend our time because the bottom line is we’re not on holiday, we’re here to get a job done and the sooner it’s finished the sooner we can think about what comes next.
It’s not all work and no play though, we’ve finally got the boat in the water (Ian’s post ‘how to intall a mooring’ coming soon) and we’re out on it as often as time and the weather allow. So far we’ve seen porpoises, loads of sea birds including razorbills, puffins and sheerwaters and on our last trip caught a good haul of mackerel. As the weather warms up the boat will be a great way to relax in the evenings after working on the house and escape the midges. When having a place in Scotland was just a dream and we didn’t even know Tattie House existed, Ian’s vision was based heavily around owning a boat and pottering about the coast (bit like big brother Carl I think) so for him it’s a big part of the dream come true and that makes me happy.

Captain Bolas telling brother Carl about the successful launch

Captain Bolas telling brother Carl about the successful launch

Little boat dog

Little boat dog

Abby and Annie having fun on the boat

Abby and Annie having fun on the boat


Speaking of warming up, a couple of days ago the forecast presented us with a weather window that allowed us to start the roof off. So the west facing end has been stripped off and within a few days we hope to have the insulation completely sealed, sarking in order and membrane down so that it’s weather proof and ready to hold the new slates. The roof is the most daunting job on our very long list as it’s the biggest job and roofing is something we have absolutely no experience in. We won’t let difficulty or lack of experience provide an excuse though, at the end of the day anything’s possible if you really give it your best and believe you can do it. Like with many things it helps to try and keep everything in perspective – we’re not restoring some grand mansion here, it’s just a normal roof on a normal sized house. It’s not impossible and we know we’ll get there, that’s not to say it won’t be a challenge though…watch this space!

Starting the roof off

Starting the roof off

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April 27, 2013

Tattie House – Round 2!

Filed under: General, Roof, Structural — tattiehouse @ 11:42

Well time really has run away from us since our return over a month ago! We’ve settled straight back into caravan life and been making good progress with the house. There have been a couple of changes since we were here last, mainly that we’re now both in our thirties, happily married and we have the addition of a little dog called Annie to keep us even busier this year. We were lucky to be able to hibernate for winter and spent most of our time either with our families, working on the garden, looking after pigs 7, 8, 9 and 10 or pondering on and planning for this year’s stint at Tattie House. We had plenty of time to think about last years stint, what we were and were not happy with and what we intended to do to make this year more productive and fulfilling for us. We are both feeling very strong right now; our priorities are firlmy in check, attitudes refreshed and we’re so well rested after the winter at home that jumping back in with both feet has been great….

More technical blogs from Ian to come and also the launch of the boat. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some pictures…

Pigs 7,8,9,10 Oxford Sandy & Blacks

Pigs 7,8,9,10 Oxford Sandy & Blacks

4x2 stud for bedroom 2

4×2 stud for bedroom 2

Basic Storage in Tattie House

Basic Storage in Tattie House

Steel Flitch installed with Simpson SAE500 strong ties.

Steel Flitch installed with Simpson SAE500 strong ties.

Goodbye stairs!

Goodbye stairs!

The Scaffold on the "West side" with soffit

The Scaffold on the “West side” with soffit

Temp Kitchen Sink

Temp Kitchen Sink

Redwood Soffit New and old!

Redwood Soffit New and old!

Where the stairs will go upstairs and the steel flitch and new studwork above

Where the stairs will go upstairs and the steel flitch and new studwork above

Isle Of Rum taken from Tarskavaig

Isle Of Rum taken from Tarskavaig

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