After 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.
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.
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.