The reuse of redundant farm buildings provides a way to create houses in the country with minimum impact on farming land and generally allows them to fit more readily into the landscape, as demonstrated by the Cuthill Towers Steading project. While the new build sections of developments are generally relatively simple, the use of a 'brown field' site involves careful environmental assessment due to the likelihood of old fuel tanks and pits as well as outdated or blocked drainage.
For this project, the many structural issues regarding the reuse of old buildings required careful inspection of the existing fabric and an assessment of the impact of these new interventions. In both cases, the differing needs of housing over farming use meant that areas of wall had to be underpinned and in some cases totally rebuilt. By careful choice of new structure it was possible to keep a palette of traditional materials whilst adopting new materials and techniques where appropriate.