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CONTACTS/ SUPPLIERS


ARCHITECT


Matthew Cowan Architecture & Design Service www.mcads.co.uk


MAIN CONTRACTOR


RD Morgan www.rdmorgan.co.uk


KIT FRAME & INSULATION Scotframe www.scotframe.co.uk


WINDOWS


bad storm blew one of the sheets aside, unfortunately allowing a lot of water in. “He took full responsibility and got it all dried and sorted out.”


Although resolved, situations like this were nonetheless testing, particularly for Helen who was project managing the build while looking after the children, while John was abroad with work for weeks at a time. She also had to deal with the issues caused by a few plumbing leaks. “She was up here every day looking at the contractors and plans – she planned all the lighting, flooring and a lot of the interior design,” says John. The couple were renting a house in the nearby village during the build, having sold their house quicker than expected. “It was quite handy being able to pop up and down.” There were also small hiccups with some subcontractors – partly due to being brought in by both John and Helen and also by their contractor. “Some things maybe weren’t paid attention to because he thought they were our guys’, and we thought they were his,” John explains. One such example was the drain test, which could have been done earlier. “You can do it before the plasterboard’s up, you can just chase any leaks, but if you do it at the end there can be quite an investigation,” he says. “So Helen was up here with the builder digging up floors trying to get it all sorted, but they did really well!”


What John says was his “practical


background” meant he also took on some elements of the project. He took care of choosing the heating system – which he admits took longer than hoped. “It took about six months to find the right company, just because of the lack of experience,” he says. “There are so many different options, plus we had the added complexity of the pool, which needs its own heating.” In the end he settled on air source heat pumps, supplied and installed by Anderson Floor Warming, one for the main house and one for the pool. “They’re amazing – even down to minus 15 degrees they still work well.”


They installed underfloor heating which John prefers as it saves space on radiators. However,


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“It’s a really safe, secure outside space outside so the kids can run in and out” - John


while they find the system works well for them, he admits it maybe wasn’t the best solution from an economical point of view. The large windows means the house benefits from a lot of solar gain, so they often find they don’t need the underfloor heating on during the day. “I don’t think it was a bad choice, but potentially with a modern house with such good insulation and solar gain, it may be more economical to go with a radiator system,” he says. They’re also not opposed to installing solar panels later down the line, but with the technology continuously evolving, John was reluctant to spend the money at the time.


They chose one of Scotframe’s top end insulation packages which helps make the house very cosy, and keep running costs as low as possible. “When it’s your forever house, that’s definitely the way to do it,” he says. He notes that the Nordan windows as well as the Scotframe system itself “offered some of the best U-values.”


Despite encountering a few small bumps in


the road, the build didn’t take too long. They broke ground in March 2019, and moved in December. John credits the contractors for the speed at which they managed to get in. “It’s a big house, and the guys did well. Their commitment to the job just removes an awful lot of stress.” Erection of the frame itself was very speedy, taking only a week. “The joiners were really impressed with the frame, it was all labelled well and was really easy to put up,” John says. The windows being supplied by Scotframe also meant installing those was smooth in terms of them fitting. “It was like a jigsaw, everything just


may/june 2021


NorDan www.nordan.co.uk


HEATING & HOT WATER Anderson Floor Warming and Renewables andersonfloorwarming.co.uk


LIGHTING


Terkan www.terkan.co.uk


SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY


John Ross Smart Living www.jrsmartliving.co.uk


POOL DESIGN &


INSTALLATION Aqua Leisure www.aqualeisureltd.com


STAIRCASE


StairBox www.stairbox.com


KITCHEN Wren www.wrenkitchens.com


CLADDING


James Carr and Sons jamescarr-sawmill.co.uk


BROADBAND


Fibrecast www.fibrecast.uk


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