The New house

Progress Report:

Been a challenging time since the last post, it was done in a hurry with so much work on up at the New House it is difficult to get time to sit down to do a blog. We were hoping to get the house wind and water tight before our holidays at the end of October.

The windows were always a worry because of their size and weight but we had managed to get them from Scandinavia to Mallaig, then onto Rona. From the shore to the site and then into the building without incident apart from major Stress.

The building paper, tape and straps were always going to happen on windy days and so they did. The weather has been a bit kinder but still a fair amount of rain. However the recent gales have not tested the house and we are very pleased with the location, it is obviously well sheltered and the South/South East wind (which we have had too much of lately) has not been too worrying.

The landing craft arrived to take Hugh’s machinery off and we used that to get more material but it was all a rush so sadly some things were left off, unable to get to Mallaig or Sconscer Pier.

Here’s the last few weeks in pictures:

Good chance to get rid of some scrap

Tide on the way out Too Quick!

Landing Craft no 6


The straps broke on the pallet and the pallet was broken too, well that is my excuse.

Mark and Clive enjoying a beer in the bothy.

Good to see blue sky.

Windows slowly finding their place.

Window Issue

We have a problem with our cills, the cills provided don’t cover the timber at the foot of the floor to ceiling windows and are without an angle, we’re working on it as sealant is not the answer. The small windows work well but the big ones………..Just another headache to deal with.

Building Control

Roddy from building control was out on a good day with a couple of helpers on the boat to give us a hand to move the patio doors, two hours later they were heading back to Portree, job done, Roddy happy.

The Lights Are On.

Quick Fix Windows

The smaller windows went in pretty easily, just a faff holding them up, trying not to drop them!!!

Windy Day

Especially on a windy day when the steps get blown about.

A bit more snug now

It had to be windy on building paper days.

Got the Xmas decorations up though.

Looking back

Just about finished this phase

We’re on holiday and having some welcome rest, looking forward to the next phase which is the roof and wall cladding. Bring it on.


End of August, Progress Has Been Made, Despite the Rain.


Here we go, one month on, despite every other day raining, we have made good progress. A wee bit of a hold up just now but hopefully next weekend we will get our second last landing craft with the windows, more timber, more mix, more fuel and the roofing. So it is all go.

Here’s the pictures of how it is going, busy time with visitors but we have mostly kept them at bay.

The floor has been a headache as it was not waterproof and needed painting. The weather was not good for that but in between very wet days we got there. Now the framing should go up pretty quickly, drainage next week, ridge beam on, maybe.

Here We Were Yesterday (Sat’ 2nd September)

To-day after a 12 hour Day Yesterday.


End of July and the Latest from the site:

Mostly photos, but you’ll work it out. Been going well, it seems that we get ahead quickly then get stuck at some other bits, material is the issue as we seem to not have this or that. But a few trips to Portree have meant no standing around.

The steel is up, the block work to finished floor level, some web packing done and to-day the pop ups. Lots of pecking and digging, best of all Hugh has his grading bucket and has graded a few tonnes of material which will make for better roads and lots of other projects I have up my sleeve.

Hopefully by the end of this week we will be pretty much up to date on our timetable. It is getting trickier just now as we will have another landing craft to take Huge off but we want to get as much on it for the next phase.

Last time I did this page we were just building the shutters and had started pouring the footings, that was the 24th of June, so in a Month we are here:

Phase 1

Phase 1

Phase 1

And this is how we got there:

Late Night Emergency Delivery

New House July 2017 (mostly)



We started the 2017 season by starting to build a new house on Rona, no small task but we have had a bit of experience so Spring came after a Winter of studying plans, quantifying and meetings, many meetings!!!!

First we have the prep which was done last year and this year landing crafts with material and machinery, lots of machinery.

So here we are three weeks  (Now 5 since the internet went down, which held this page up) in and lots and lots of pics’ to study progress. Hopefully there will be a weekly update soon. Finally started the concrete pour.