It’s 2018 and I’ve got my impatient pants on. It’s felt for a while that our home renovation progress has ground to a halt. YES we’re committed to saving for projects before we do them which of course slows everything down. So any major progress feels like quite a long time ago and of course our main focus is starting to think about our ground floor extension.
That said, there are still plenty of jobs that need doing and so with the bit between my teeth, we’ve ploughed forwarded with more new windows. It was 2015 when we first started working on replacing our dated double-glazing. My original plan had been to get the whole house done at the same time. Until I realised JUST HOW EXPENSIVE IT IS. I mean, properly eye-watering. Yes, ok, partly because I’m fussy but even without retentiveness on an anal scale, it’s just not cheap.
So we settled with completing the front of the house back then and left the rest. Some of the windows anyway will change with our extension plans. But the windows left that still needed doing included our third bedroom, first floor landing and top floor landing. Plus, since the top floor landing is part of the cheap loft conversion that the previous owners did, that window even had a PLASTIC windowsill. There are no words.
The company we use is The Window Clinic, also based in SE London and yet again, they’ve done a wonderful job. For the third bedroom which overlooks the garden, we kept it simple without the decorative Astragal crosses that are on the front. The consideration is that the windows overlooking a street should always be uniform and look to add value. At the back of the house, the windows should look to add maximum vision over your garden. It makes such a difference now the leading is gone, it almost looks like there isn’t any glass at all.
For the landing windows, we opted for full openers instead of the small top openers that we could barely reach. Since both windows were previously part privacy glass, we opted for modern sandblasting which looks so stylish. The windows also have refraction technology so light is bounced back into the house. I also discovered a lovely surprise when I threw open the window on the top floor landing and realised it gives the perfect view over our tranquil 1930s estate and its great for full-moon spotting too.
Now, we’re ready for the next winter. It’s amazing what a difference to insulation and sound it makes with proper windows and we used to lose a lot of heat through the hallways and up into the landing. But please tell me what happens to life when you realise you no longer know what popular music is but you do get excited about new windows…