Will Murray and Wilma Bouwmeester wanted to replace an old stable with a triple garage with a loft over. This would ease the pressure for storage in their house, a converted cart shed, as well as giving proper shelter to a vintage MG car. Investigations into frame kits on the internet found a firm in Sussex providing a suitable design in French oak. Quercus were engaged to obtain building warrant approval and erect the building.

The cost of structural modifications and the beauty and flexibility of traditional post and beam frames meant that a decision was taken to switch to local makers Alba Green Oak. For economy this stops at first floor level and a timber frame made from merchant timber was built by Quercus to form the loft and support the steel sheeted roof.

As well as Alba, Quercus sub contracted G&J Groundworks from Jedburgh to do the demolition, builderswork and drainage. Local joiners Alan Tweedie and Ian Darroch assisted with the project, and Ian sourced some giant redwood sequoia from Perthshire for the cladding. This unusual timber was purplish-pink when fresh-sawn but dried out to a rich brown when fitted to the gables. Completed in 2014 in ten weeks and on budget of around £500/m2, Will and Wilma are very happy with the result.