How we developed the site
The property started out as just a small farmers field
The plot was purchased from the farmer at Upper Hempriggs farm with outline planning permission for a single dwelling. We submitted plans for a house with attached granny annexe which were approved in the middle of 1988. We appointed Spence and Grant a joinery firm in Elgin, as the main contractor. Kenny Ingram builders from Dallas were subcontracted for the ground work and the block work. Neil Hadden Plumbing Ltd were subcontractors for the plumbing works and Alistair Grant from Lhanbryde were the electricians.
In September 1988 all the relevant permissions were in place and work started with cutting ground for the foundations.
The next few photos show the run of the water pipe to the connection up on the Kinloss to Burghead road
The next photos show the construction and erection of the timberframe
At this point work on the inside of the house stopped so that they could concentrate on getting the granny annex wind and watertight so that a stage payment could be triggered. The focus now shifted to the exterior block work, in particular getting the gable end between the house and annex up so that the roof can be constructed over the annex. The next few photos show the work going on apace. Note that the gable end is blocks laid on the flat to meet building control regs over soundproofing.
The next few photos show the plumbing first fix for the annex. We also took the opportunity to treat the woodwork before it got covered up.
The next few photos show the exterior drainage works to the septic tank as well as the rainwater soakaways
The next few photos show the changes to the electricity supply which required the move of a transformer down to outside Upper Hempriggs farm then underground cable in the same track as the water pipe
The next few photos show the completed interior of the main house. The garden has still to be worked on but that is for a different section to deal with.