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Accept that bespoke means you are the test pilot. Things will go wrong. It will be stressful. It will come close to breaking you. There is a reason why most people opt for tried-and-tested, kit-built homes!”


The finished result is indeed impressive but the journey to get to here was a long and bumpy one with a major setback that nearly derailed the entire project. The couple had been building for two years when their main hangar burned down, causing £850,000 of damage. It took five years for the insurance to pay out and during that time their house fund was used to keep the airfield going. This meant the project took roughly four years to build with a two-year hiatus in the middle. “Whilst it was tempting to abandon it at times, the frame was up, and the windows were in.” Colin recalls, “However, it was incredibly difficult to get the momentum going again.”


But get it going they did, and today they say


there is nothing they would change about their unique home. During the planning process this couple thought through every conceivable circumstance in how they would use this house and this painstaking process has paid off. In that respect, Colin says that they don’t really have a favourite bit of the house. “Our favourite room or area will depend on


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One of the couple’s stipulations was to have the main living space sited on the first floor, to better take in the views


the weather and what we’re doing at that particular time. Each space reacts perfectly to its purpose.”


“Building our home was a challenge, and now we’ve completed it, I don’t think we’d do another one,” says Marta. “However, I think that’s because we can’t imagine the need to build again. It’s not just the house, it’s our airfield, the community in Strathaven, it’s a whole package.” 


jul/aug 2021


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