The Manse


The 'manse' was originally a small cottage in woodland with access across a burn. It was built during the C19th for the minister of Carie Church on Lochtayside. Over the years the bridge had disappeared and the building had fallen into disrepair, and was in need of extensive refurbishment. Before building work could begin, a new bridge had to be constructed, and this was built using two Douglas Fir trees which needed to be felled at the site.
Some unsympathetic extensions were demolished, bringing the building back to its original footprint of about 40 sq m. All new brick and masonry work, including a large chimney stack was carried out in lime mortar, and a substantial amount of materials were re-used including bricks, timber flooring and roof slates. The walls and roof were insulated with hemp and clay plastered. The new accommodation includes a gallery bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen living space, and a wood burning Heatranger Rayburn supplies all the energy for cooking, heating and domestic hot water. The southern elevation is externally clad in Larch and glazed to give solar gain and a sunny aspect to the living space. The project was part funded by the 'Rural Empty Properties Grant' from the Scottish Government for affordable rented housing.
 
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Aug 18, 2017

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