When we were visiting the Isle of Tiree off the west coast of Scotland in May 2016, I noticed quite a few homes were being renovated. The above house was the largest and they were making a nice job as far as I could see, also the second to last photo, looks like a new build. The rest were the old ‘blackhouse’ cottages that were having roof repairs. It seems that they re-coat the roof, which would have been thatched, with felt and then seal it. I will post some really good examples of cottage renovations. I really love the make do and mend approach of these few cottages, but then this is an island, four hours sail time to the nearest mainland port, which is Oban, no ‘do it yourself’ shops here, you use what you have to hand.