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Beware the Sassenachs are coming!Thumbnail for article : Beware the Sassenachs are coming!
By Peter Body - an Englishman and owner of Thermohaus, the Caithness based company which will design and supply highly energy efficient timber frame kit homes, throughout the UK.   According to the National Custom & Self Build Association (NaCSBA) the Highlands is one of the most popular places to build your own home.  
Jobs Go As Travis Perkins In Thurso To CloseThumbnail for article : Jobs Go As Travis Perkins In Thurso To Close
Bad news for the north as Travis Perkins announced 165 branches to close throughout the UK.   The Thurso branch of the company will close with the loss of 5 jobs.  
Building Your New Home - Advice From ThermohausThumbnail for article : Building Your New Home - Advice From Thermohaus
One of the advantages of self-build is that it gives you a lot of flexibility over the method of construction.  Some of the construction options are only open to the self-builder as no UK developers use them.  
Planning Permission & Building Warrant - Advice From ThermohausThumbnail for article : Planning Permission & Building Warrant - Advice From Thermohaus
The latest article on building your own house from Thermohaus.   See links below for all the earlier articles.  
Help To Buy A Home
Thousands of first-time buyers assisted.   Applications are open for a new national pilot scheme helping first-time buyers with the deposit for a new home.  
House Design Advice From ThermohausThumbnail for article : House Design Advice From Thermohaus
What are the elements of a good design? Who is going to design your new house? Do you need an architect? There are number of constraints on design: Standard House Types Most self-build package providers offer standard house designs but you need to be sure they suit both your site and personal needs.  This said, most providers will either modify their standard designs or create bespoke designs.  
Finding and Buying Land For Your Self Build HomeThumbnail for article : Finding and Buying Land For Your Self Build Home
Finding a suitable plot to build your house in Caithness should be relatively simple! When you've found your plot then you can design the house to suit that plot.  For more information on house design take a look at the Thermohaus Design Guide Most people will want to live in a specific part of the county due, perhaps, to work commitments / travel to work considerations, family ties or simply because it's somewhere they know and like.  
How To Finance Your Self-build New HomeThumbnail for article : How To Finance Your Self-build New Home
If you need to raise finance for your project it is usual to seek a ‘self-build mortgage'.   Mortgages for self-build houses are a specialist product and many lenders do not offer them.  
Can You Afford To Build Your Own Home?Thumbnail for article : Can You Afford To Build Your Own Home?
Before you begin planning your new home it is imperative you set a budget.  And, as your build progresses, you must monitor the spend to ensure you stay within budget.  
Building Your Own Home Is Easier Than You May ThinkThumbnail for article : Building Your Own Home Is Easier Than You May Think
Today we begin a series of articles written by Peter Body of Thermohaus Ltd , a Caithness based timber frame kit home company.   Why Self-Build? For decades the British have bought new homes as standard speculatively built products from national and regional house builders.  
Self-build expert in Caithness launches new eco home conceptThumbnail for article : Self-build expert in Caithness launches new eco home concept
Caithness based chartered surveyor Peter Body has been designing, manufacturing and project managing self-build homes for 35 years.  And, according to him, this experience can be distilled into just two pieces of advice to self-builders - keep it simple and think fabric first.  
20/3/2019
Gills Harbour Ltd Awards Contract To Local FirmThumbnail for article : Gills Harbour Ltd Awards Contract To Local Firm
Gills Harbour Ltd, the community-owned body that owns & operates the busy little port on Caithness's North Coast, has awarded a remedial contract to a Wick-based company.   The deal, won in a competitive tender, has gone to builders/civil engineers Messrs GMR Henderson Ltd, of Martha Terrace in Wick.  
Norscot Secures Innovation of the Year AwardThumbnail for article : Norscot Secures Innovation of the Year Award
Norscot, the Highlands and Islands manufacturer of timber frame kits, windows and doors, received the Innovation of the Year Award at the prestigious Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018.   The awards, run by Interface, aim to celebrate the achievements of academic and business collaborations and partnerships.  
7/12/2017
Council reminds landowners to check wind damaged trees
Following the high winds forecast and experienced this week due to Storm Caroline, The Highland Council is encouraging landowners to check trees and vegetation near to public roads which may have been damaged.   Roads affected by fallen trees this morning were near Beauly; Achnagarron near Invergordon and Lochaber which staff are clearing.  
GMR Henderson To Join Thomas Telford RenovationThumbnail for article : GMR Henderson To Join Thomas Telford Renovation
Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) has begun renovating its new home in Wick with the help of a neighbour.   Two buildings in Lower Pulteneytown are being redeveloped into the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base for the £2.6bn Beatrice offshore wind farm project.  
New north coast marine plan launched
To support north coast local communities, a new marine plan for the North Highlands coast has just been completed.   After several years collaborative work with Marine Scotland and Orkney Islands Council, The Highland Council is pleased to be part of this rewarding and successful venture.  
New tile and bathroom shop opening in Wick on 2nd AugustThumbnail for article : New tile and bathroom shop opening in Wick on 2nd August
J B Tiles & Mobility Solutions are proud to announce the opening of their new tile and bathroom showroom at 58 Henrietta Street in Wick.   John Budge said, We aim to supply and fit affordable quality tiles bathrooms and showers with assurance in a quality service from start to finish with over 15 years experience in bathroom design and fitting.  
14/3/2014
Heavy Lift Pad Construction Underway At Wick HarbourThumbnail for article : Heavy Lift Pad Construction  Underway At Wick Harbour
Wick Harbour Authority is making progress with its plans to create a heavy-lift facility on the commercial quay at Wick harbour, with contractors Gunns Lybster Ltd having now begun the work.   The project, and its associated dredging works, was supported by CNSRP partners HIE and NDA respectively and is the first of several proposed phases of work to position the harbour as a key player in the energy sector, with the current focus being on potential to benefit from the development of Offshore Wind in the Moray Firth.  
Caithness Apprentice Scoops Top Civil Engineering Apprentice AwardThumbnail for article : Caithness Apprentice Scoops Top Civil Engineering Apprentice Award
Craig Harvey (21) from Wick in the Highlands, has been crowned Scotlands top Civil Engineering Apprentice of 2013 at the annual SBATC Apprentice of the Year awards.  The title was presented to Craig at a special ceremony held on Tuesday 10th December at the Scottish Parliament.  
Huge Range Of Concrete And Building Products On Offer Near WickThumbnail for article : Huge Range Of Concrete And Building Products On Offer Near Wick
William Mackay (Precast) Ltd has been involved in manufacturing concrete products for many years and supplies the trade and home with a wide variety of practical cost effective solutions for many types of job.   The list of products might amaze you so why look further afield.