Build Day #39

IMG_2673It was time to say goodbye to the window in the future guest room.

IMG_2676This is the leaking window in the dormer that is responsible for the collapsing ceiling in Mark’s future study below, as well as the wet rot (with a fruiting body no less!). On closer inspection you can see that it has been repaired many times. There are brackets, sticky tape and Blu-tac holding it together – if you were to push on the lower right pane the glass would fall out (something we are grateful the cats didn’t discover). Plus this casement is held on by only two screws.

IMG_2679I had to cover the whole room with dust sheets to protect it as this is part of house we inhabit. The cats had to stay in the top floor front room all day while the work was being done.


IMG_2681The window removed. Along with all those problems the wet rot had turned the bottom part of the window into a hollow, flaky mess. The wood was as light as cork and even more spongy. I got the carpenter to save the latches and casement stays though, as they may come in handy with other windows.

IMG_2693A piece of the timber affected by wet rot, featuring fruiting bodies.


IMG_2680A, the carpenter, and JB working at making the new frame.

IMG_2691The window has been boarded up for the next week while the new window is made.

IMG_2686It was also a big day as many of the new radiators were hung. Dining room.


IMG_2688The feature radiator in the kitchen.

IMG_2700It’s very tall and thin and has three rows of pipes with a kind of retro look. Mark says he like it because it “screams warmth”.


IMG_2690Breakfast room.

IMG_2692Mark’s future study.

IMG_2695Servant’s bedroom.

IMG_2694Rear landing. There were also a few more that I haven’t photographed yet.

IMG_2683The period cast iron radiator from the entrance hall has been sand-blasted and will now be repainted.

IMG_2684I spent most of the day painting the walls where radiators were about to be hung. I also had a chance to test some of the sample pots for the kitchen. I tried them in this corner because it was a place where kitchen units will be built so I won’t have to worry about painting over the samples. It also meant I could see the colours in full light as well as shade.

IMG_2712In the footsteps of previous decorators (such as L Johnson in 1935) I wrote on the wall, leaving our names and the date for someone in the future to discover.

IMG_2698Miss Rose checking a sample of the kitchen cabinetry against the different colours.





7 thoughts on “Build Day #39

  1. I am also fascinated by your radiators, esp. the ‘period piece’. It’s so functional and plain. Our radiators were very ornate, but lost due to improper winterization and an unheated house. It broke our hearts to junk them. All 13 of them! And what does the term ‘feature radiator’ mean?

    • The period cast iron radiator dates from the 1930s. Up close it looks like stems of bamboo – I’ll take a better picture. As for a feature radiator – it just means a radiator that looks a bit different than the ordinary ones for visual effect.

  2. my kitchen-colour vote is the one the colour of Miss Roses fur. its her vote too.
    You might show the window rot pics to the selling agent and ask why he didn’t give a discount on account of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Argh!! Hydronic heating doesn’t work! You’ll be plastered up against the heaters trying to stay warm for at least 10 months of the year in THAT climate. You should have central heating like the sensible Australian people do.

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