I knew this was happening, but it still shocked me.
I have no wall in my living room. Just a big hole open to the outside world. I guess this is one way of bringing the outside in…
This is one of the nice, optional things we thought we might as well do whilst we’re having to have a rewire anyway. It is also completely practical when you have a small child. The actual doing of the work is completely impractical in every way (here’s a tip for you, if you want to buy a 1930’s house, buy it and complete all the work before having children), but the end result will mean a much safer family home all round.
Our house was built in 1936, and the layout must have remained unchanged for many years, but at some point after 1970 the owner at the time built a garage and utility room extension. This was incredibly useful for housing things like a washing machine, dryer and freezer that wouldn’t fit in the tiny, 1930’s kitchen. However, it meant that the only access to the garden was via the garage, which isn’t particularly safe if you have young children. There are plenty of things within that garage that I don’t want small children anywhere near.
So we fixed it by putting a bloody great hole in the wall. Now we have garden access.
But oh the shock.
I can kind of see how this is going to work out, it is going to look nice. But this is the first big job of the renovation and it is a little bit scary.