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Fordoun Farm Village1


Ridl construction was tasked with taking a lead role in the design and specification, while taking into account tight budgets and the clients desire to recycle the old buildings.

The following exciting challenges were expertly overcome:

  • Existing structures that were not entirely square and level.
  • Trying to do structural changes to concrete block structures.
  • Conceptualising and connecting an underfloor heating system to the fireplaces.
  • Recycling the roof timbers.
  • Designing and making furniture and fittings from steel pipes.
  • Incorporating relatively inexpensive brick and concrete elements into the kitchen designs.
  • Sourcing and installing inexpensive yet appealing finishes, to floors, surfaces, and showers.
  • Taking electrical energy consumption into account all along the way due to supply constraints.