Natural light is the main feature of the new rooms we’re creating and so we really want to maximise the light spaces. We ordered some custom French doors which will open out onto the stream next to the greenhouse garden. These align with the 2 roof lights so as to flood the previously dark living room space with light.
As for the windows these are all being made from scratch. Having routed out several metres of wood herself, Amy has meticulously fitted each piece in place . Our local glazing company made our super-eco glass units to order and again Amy is fitting these herself with such perfectionism you can forget it’s all a DIY project.
The chunky wooden frames really set off the large windows which span the full width of the gable end at one side, a really funky-shaped window at the opposite gable follows the pitch of the roof line and the third spans a couple of metres along what will be the kitchen worktop area. It’s been and incredible amount of work but the total cost for glazing, including the doors, has come in under £1000 because Amy has done it all herself.
As part of the demolition we had to strip back the interior to the bare concrete walls and so earlier work required a complete framing of all internal walls. Building control specified the insulation levels required for the floor, walls and roof and so whilst Amy’s been getting to grips with the finer points of joinery work, I’ve been cracking on with insulating…and dear God there’s a lot to be getting on with. 25mm will sit on top of the existing concrete floor, 100mm in the walls and a whopping 150mm in the ceiling. It’s an old house but we are determined to be cosy.