Advice Needed - Is This Wise?
Posted 13 March 2016 - 06:49 PM
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Posted 13 March 2016 - 07:59 PM
Posted 13 March 2016 - 09:11 PM
Oh, and +1 for the flat roof.
Posted 14 March 2016 - 01:04 PM
We're also concerned about the rest of the windows being very small and lack of light to the interior/bedrooms.
How do you actually work out if the roof installed properly?
Posted 31 March 2016 - 07:09 AM
As I see it the bedroom (ground floor) could have a larger window put in or a roof light. The kitchen has timber cladding above and below and is on the front.
Would larger windows need permission and any ideas if they could be fitted without making a mess of the very nicely done insulated render? Similarly, on roof lights in a warm insulated Sarnafil roof are there any pointers? (The kitchen cant have a roof light as the first floor is directly above it) See photo kitchen window marked K.
Posted 31 March 2016 - 07:20 AM
If you plan to spend more time in the kitchen than the lounge, a larger window won't help that much due to it being north facing. We have 2 sets of patio doors in our east facing kitchen and it is still quite dark after 1pm. Depends on your habits in where you spend time in the house.
Posted 31 March 2016 - 07:28 AM
Posted 31 March 2016 - 07:36 AM
Is it a small kitchen where you would just cook or a large kitchen where you would hang out? If you would spend most time in the kitchen and are already worried about light I would be very wary of buying it unless you think you have a good fix.
A solution might be if you could knock through to a room on the south side of the house, depends on how much you like things to be open plan.
This is one of the major reasons I am about to build my own house, a lot of houses in the UK, which isn't exactly sunny, are built with little consideration for facing the best direction for natural light.
Posted 31 March 2016 - 08:04 AM
You may need building regulations to enlarge a window.
Do you have wall units on that kitchen wall adjoining the lounge? if not I would open up the upper part of that wall to get light in from the lounge, either completely open or put a window in there.
Edited by ProDave, 31 March 2016 - 08:08 AM.
Posted 31 March 2016 - 10:11 AM
As Dave suggests you could take the wall down between the kitchen and lounge, but if that is not possible or desirable, why not demolish the wall between the kitchen and utility room? Also if it is structurally practical/possible, you could put a bigger window in there.
You could also take the top half of the wall down between the kitchen and lounge --- this would give you light whilst retaining both kitchen and lounge if you wanted to keep them seperate
Edited by DavidofMersea, 31 March 2016 - 10:55 AM.
Posted 31 March 2016 - 06:18 PM
Posted 31 March 2016 - 06:33 PM
If you are happy just with a bigger window and LED lights then that's the easy option, looking at the plans I wonder if you could actually make the window enough larger to be worth the cost. A lot of it is personal preference. You can also paint the room white.
Having seen the plans, however, I think David's suggestion is the best. It all depends on how much work you want to do and how much money you want to spend. I would guess that the utility room wall is structural as it is under the outside wall on the first floor. But if you made the utility room much smaller, back to the area where the hot water tanks is, then you could create a big eat in kitchen and importantly put in a roof light that would really fix the light issues (that may be a roof light already there looking at the plans). You could possibly put in a west facing window, but that depends on how close the boundary is, although it could be above head height. The utility room seems quite large. But it all depends on what you want to spend
Posted 01 April 2016 - 06:53 AM
I'd take the bottom half (on plan) of the utility room into the kitchen to make the kitchen Z shaped, and enlarge the former utility room window.
As is, the Utility looks too large.
If you are redoing the kitchen, the extra budget should be relatively small.
Posted 01 April 2016 - 12:59 PM