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Once the wooden structure had been put up, the rest of the construction was more or less run of the mill. The insulation in the walls was made of Styrofoam and the south end of the house was weather boarded. The Styrofoam is bright blue, and someone who was driving along the road above us saw the house at this time and thought it would be a good idea to go home and paint his the same colour!

There are two dormer windows in the main house and one in The Hafod. These we already owned as they formed part of a building in the grounds of a previous home of ours in Surrey. "Never throw anything away," is our motto. The large panes of glass in both ends of the hall were made from a job lot of toughened glass that we found in a liquidation sale so bought them thinking they might come in useful one day. The other windows are new. We put in too many in the end but the house has plenty of light.

We went to Architectural Salvage dealers (of which there were few at that time), to find such items as old radiators and doors etc. Nowadays these sorts of places are everywhere and if you can't find what you want you can always have them made.

The slates for the main house came from Blaenau Ffestiniog - the Welsh Slate capital of the world and not too far from where we live. They are called heavies and are cheaper than the finer ones, but suit the house very well. We used random slates on The Hafod and The Barn. We employed expert slaters for these jobs.

Photographs in Gallery Getting There include:

5 of the trusses going up
5 of the new cruck frame going up
5 more of the progress on the main house

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