This is a cold house. The South facing front garden is completely covered by 2 tall trees, leaving the two front reception rooms cold all year round. We have lovely wooden windows, but they aren’t that great for keeping the heat in.
So today we spent some time adding foam strips to the edges of the windows, ready for when the weather starts to get worse. We can already notice a difference with a reduction in outdoor noise. Although I might miss the sound of the owls at night now, it’s worth the sacrifice for warmer nights.
One of the biggest cold spots is a window on the landing. It’s like walking past a block of ice when we go past it. So to see what’s causing this, we have taken off the plastic surround. Here’s what we uncovered:
Not great. Daylight is clearly visible. There’s literally no evidence that anyone’s considered heat retention at all. They’ve just boxed it in to hide the mess and left it at that 😦
There’s actually a lump of tissue paper up at the top!
cowboy builder had a cold when they were installing it?!
I guess we were expecting to see something like this. But where do we go from here? We’re going to consult our trusty Haynes Victorian House manual to see the best solution. Expanding foam, sheep’s wool insulation, or something else?