No more window pain

Day 2 

Aluminium roof lights, window and double sliding doors in the new extension.

Aluminium roof lights, window and double sliding doors in the new extension.

It's the second day of My House Candy advent calendar which, in case you missed yesterday's post, is my daily update on our ridiculous, self-inflicted schedule to get the kitchen extension finished for Christmas.

Today the black aluminium windows arrived and Oh. My. God. 

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One happy (and warmer) builder and plumber after the sliding doors finally get installed.

One happy (and warmer) builder and plumber after the sliding doors finally get installed.

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View of the old outbuilding, now totally re-built and featuring aluminium windows

View of the old outbuilding, now totally re-built and featuring aluminium windows

The window debacle has been a complicated one. I wanted Crittal of course ('cos cool), but they are about three million quid. **gross exaggeration but you get the idea** 

Then I found an alternative supplier to Crittal - Fabco, which as its name suggests is a fab company in that it manufactures a nearly identical product (steel-framed windows and doors) at a more reasonable price point.

However, for the scale of my project, I had to concede that steel windows were over my budget and I settled instead for aluminium.

I'm actually really pleased I did. I mean, aluminium isn't exactly cheap but I feel it's enough money to pay for windows. We have spent our life savings on this build and although I didn't want to have to make compromises, this 2nd best option actually doesn't feel like one at all. As my sons would say, it looks SIK.

I opted for black frames and I feel like it's made the same difference to the build as when I used to draw marker pen outlines around my drawings as a kid. It gives definition and elegance and - although it's a stark contrast to the white sash windows on the original house - it somehow compliments them.

We went for two huge sliding doors in the end instead of french opening doors. It gives a cleaner look than the metal bars in Crittal windows would have created, which in hindsight would not have worked well with the panelled wall at the back of this room.

So as well as opening door 2 of their chocolate advent calendars, today the boys and I got to open the door to the newly enclosed kitchen extension for the first time. It feels massive (it IS massive). It's a luxury I have to pinch myself to believe is ours.  I vowed to the builder at the start of this project that we weren't going to be one of those families who live in the kitchen when we've got a beautiful big house to spread out in. Well, I'd still prefer it if we didn't but I've got to admit, once I'm in here, it may be very difficult to get me out.

Enjoy your Saturday night all. I'm going to try not to drink too much as I celebrate this little milestone because it's another busy day of the build tomorrow and another early start. I'm looking forward to the update already.

Claire x

 

Destination Cool - My vintage bus blinds arrive home

Now you know I like a pun and I'm afraid this one is unavoidable. As far as cool vintage up-cycling goes, this week I've played a blinder.

Check out my shiny new kitchen and dining room window dressings, made from one big, grubby vintage bus destination blind!

Full length roman blind made from vintage bus destination blind

Full length roman blind made from vintage bus destination blind

And get this; all the destinations featured on the blinds are within an approximate three mile radius of my home. I mean it's not quite a hop on, hop off whistle stop tour of my life, but it's close enough.

En-route from kitchen to dining room there's the HQ of the job that got me into the home improvement industry, the market place where I pick up all my vintage treasures, even the football ground where last night my 8 year old signed his first professional contract. (Sorry but I promised him I'd mention it)

I picked up the full roll, measuring 30ft and featuring 60 local destinations with the intention of actually making money instead of spending it for a change. Framed and mounted vintage bus blinds can sell around the £100 mark from cool on-line vintage dealers such as Pedlars. Suddenly I saw pound signs in my eyes and envisaged a little kitchen table industry taking off. It was an easy sell to my financial advisor husband who quickly did the maths and began salivating at the prospect of a 50% return in profits. 

Sadly for him that's where my entrepreneurial journey ended and my vintage bus route took a different, more costly direction.  On recognising that there might not be quite the same international market for destinations such as Sheepridge via Brackenhall as say, Waterloo Via Westminster, I bit the bullet and decided to have completely unique roman blinds made instead. 

Just the ticket for adding a bit of urban edge, with a homely twist though eh?* All aboard the House Candy fun bus passengers, next stop Etsy. Or thereabouts.

Would you want your neighbourhood emblazoned on your windows? Let me know your thoughts below and thank you SO much for the lovely comments on my last post, you have truly made my week!

*Eh? Is the Yorkshire equivalent of the modern "no?" rhetoric style questioning frequently voiced on bus route 332 from Marsden to Elland via Salendine Nook.