After yesterday’s excitement of taking down the false ceiling – plus removing a dead mouse, numerous critters and a hornets’ nest – today was always going to be a bit of anti-climax in terms of progress.

However, in the short time that Misko and Sergio were here, they achieved an awful lot. In order to get the positioning of the new window spot-on, they did a bit of a mini move-around of cupboards and appliances. And after nine months of a poorly laid out kitchen, they temporarily nailed it – could have saved ourselves a bit of money 😉

Temporary new kitchen configuration

Temporary new kitchen configuration

Where the ladders are, will be the new double casement window.

Where the ladders are, will be the new double casement window.

Winter frost cover plants becomes a dust sheet...

Winter frost cover for plants becomes a dust sheet…

The new window isn’t actually new – it was discovered in the cellar. It was probably meant to go somewhere, but was never actually installed. Great news for us, as a perfect fit for our new kitchen. Just another frame and window panes to be primed, undercoated and glossed…

So that the window matches all of the others, we’ve decided to go for the slightly more expensive (eek!) option of a stone surround. All of the other windows in the house sit inside these beautiful surrounds and we felt that it would be wrong not to do the same with the new window, especially as this will be the first one you will see as you approach the house. The stone is cut individually – two side pieces and the top and bottom – and these were ordered today, ready to be cut and delivered on Saturday 🙂

You can see the stone surrounds above, around the door and the living room and bedroom window. The new window will be positioned in the middle of the kitchen wall at the front – where, interestingly, you can see that there was once a tiny window, just to the right.

The chimney from the kitchen, is also being sorted tomorrow – it is not used, and while we’re in the house, never will be – but future owners may wish to utilise it, so the topping, which close up, is actually really ugly, is being taken off, and the stack capped so that birds/rain can’t get into it. We’re also going to keep the gorgeous grey stones which will be taken out for the window and eventually replace the red bricks, leading up to the chimney with them, so all looks much more cohesive at the front of the house.

Tomorrow is another day, and the scaffolding is apparently arriving so that the work can begin to make the hole for the window. We’re on countdown as we want the window in before we leave for our winter trip back to the UK, and hand the house over to Misko and Sergio…