Mr & Mrs Oag, Brae Edge, Castletown, Caithness

Clients: Mr & Mrs Oag

Site: Brae Edge, Castletown

Years(s): 2014-2015

Main Contractor: Variety of local tradesmen

Total Floor Area: 260m2 (Approx.)

Total Build Cost (excluding land & VAT): £335,000 (Approx.)

Cost per m2: £1,444 (Approx.)

Mr Oag has lived in the village of Castletown all his life and he and his wife lived in their last home there for over 30 years. When a plot of land came up a 10 minute walk from the village the couple jumped at the chance to buy it. The plot of land was big enough that there was plenty of room for Mr Oag’s classic car collection and was isolated enough that he wouldn’t disturb neighbours as he worked on the cars to the early hours of the morning.

When they initially chose to build, they were looking at more traditional methods of construction but this changed when costs began to mount and their design plans changed. While in our Inverness showroom, looking at windows for their new build, they were made aware of Norscot’s timber frame kits and were won over by the lesser cost of the offering.

Mr Oag said, “We couldn’t fault Norscot one bit. I was happy with the service we received and by supporting a local company I contributed to keeping local people in a job.”

During the erection of their kit the couple felt the windows in the living room were too small and they asked the builder to stop work while they contacted Norscot. This was not a problem for Norscot who increased the sizes and supplied the new windows within roughly two weeks which the couple were delighted with.

When asked what their favourite part of their home was Mrs Oag explained, “We have patio doors at the side of the house that provide us with a fantastic view. We can see the whole way to Dunnet Head.”

The couple believe that their finished build was driven a lot by the planning department within the Council but both agree they are more than happy with how the completed project has turned out.

When asked about his experience with Norscot, Mr Oag replied, “Norscot were quick to sort any problems, no matter how minor and I would absolutely recommend their services and use them again myself in the future.”