Four Months In: Windows, Doors and Sedum

Our windows going inAfter seeming to wait around in June, for the underfloor heating screed to dry and for the windows to be delivered, we finally got watertight in July as windows and doors arrived along with the sedum green roof.

Now it really does feel like the beginning of the end as the second fix gets underway.

New Wave windows:  like a bi-fold, but not a bi-fold

New Wave windows: like a bi-fold, but not a bi-fold.

First up in July our obligatory wall of glass for the timber frame extension went in. Like a bi-fold, but not a bi-fold, we discovered New Wave windows on a research visit to the Homebuilding Show in the early planning stages for the project giving us a sliding door system in which each window panel independently slides and opens.

Original 1930s internal doors stripped back to the wood.

Original 1930s internal doors stripped back to the wood.

Then the rest of the windows were installed. With our property’s south facing aspect the consensus was triple glazing would give too much solar gain. So we set out to get the best rated double glazing we could afford, in aluminium frames for a longer recyclable product life than plastic. It’s just a shame that politicians don’t force standards up even further.

With a new front door too we were watertight once more, and the original internal doors returned looking beautiful stripped of 80 years of white paint layers back to the wood.

Finally right at the end of the month the green roof for the extension arrived. Our sedum roof was grown on a family farm in Wiltshire, and was easy to install. Not the biggest job of the eco-makeover, and yet definitely one of the most transformative, instantly changing the look and feel of the house. We love it.

Our sedum green roof instantly transformed the look and feel of the house.

Our sedum green roof instantly transformed the look and feel of the house.

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3 thoughts on “Four Months In: Windows, Doors and Sedum

  1. Would be really interested to know how you’re getting on with the New Wave doors; we saw them at Grand Designs Live and think they might be the right option for us, but struggling to find people with real experience of them!

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    • Hi Gemma, we really like them as a product. They seem good quality (we went for the aluminium frames). That said we moved in in October, so haven’t had much opportunity yet to have them open in summer mode, but love the flexibility they offer when it does warm up. Our only advice would be to check them carefully on installation as we missed some scratches on ours which we are still trying to resolve with the contractors. Network Veka issue the product warrantee so using one of their registers installers at least gives you some element of confidence, or at least as much as you can get with any window installers!

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