Stewart and Lorna Hutchison first began the project in Spring 2014. With a wealth of knowedge of the local area and spectacular views to offer it soon became the perfect location for Rowanlea Lodge.
In order to receive inspiration for the design Stewart and Lorna viewed several log homes none of which met their vision and dream.
In Summer 2014 after travelling around Scotland for inspiration, Stewart and Lorna fell in love with a particular style of log cabin. The vision became a reality when the design process began.
The logs arrived in September 2014 and the solid log structure went up quite quickly. There was spectacular weather which allowed the roof batons to be secured and the exterior walls were soon clad in larch. It took 19 days to build to wind and water tight.
Wanting to remain unique and offer a log cabin that cannot be compared to any other in the North East of Scotland, Stewart and Lorna chose a traditional hand crafted post and beam lodge.
Hand crafted Douglas Fir tree logsThe logs arrived having been individually selected, hand peeled, scribed and cut to a professional standard. The solid concrete foundation is ready for the customised wooden structure to begin.
The solid structure begins to take shapeThe beams have been erected and the initial layout of the Lodge begins to show. It took around four days for the logs to be fixed in place, ready for the roof batons to be installed.
Working towards wind & water tightRoof batons are installed and double glazed windows and doors are being introduced. The exterior walls are now clad with larch.
The larch and slatesNatural slate roof is finished and painting of the larch has begun. We decided to paint the larch black to bring out the colours in the logs.
Welcome to Rowanlea LodgeIt took 19 days to build and we were delighted with the result. We were looking forward to designing the interior and finishing Rowanlea Lodge to welcome our first guests.
What our guests say
When we first stayed at Rowanlea Lodge a year ago it was just a few months old. One year on and Lorna has maintained her high standards so that everything still appears as if new. One useful addition is the secure bike shed which doubles as a log store at the rear of the building. The Lodge is warm and cosy whatever the weather and Lorna goes out of her way to ensure that her guests enjoy a perfect visit.