Saturday 19 August 2017

Maintaining The Estate’s Buildings

Maintenance is an ongoing task on any estate, and with the diversity of geography and of building styles, it is a particular challenge here. For example, the majority of the original houses on the Estate are stone-built in a traditional style, with extended eaves and dormer windows. While they are attractive to look at they are expensive to maintain. The Estate has to balance the need for replacement windows, greater insulation and so on against the rental incomes achievable in the Borders.

Farm buildings also need to be maintained, and there is ongoing work on water supplies and drainage throughout the estate, as well as sympathetic but essential river bank management.

The Estate retains its own Works Department to carry out many of the day-to-day property repairs and improvements, working closely with local tradesmen on specialist tasks.