Contribution by Christine & Jan Price from littlehouseonthecorner.com | March 2015
Christine and Jan are bloggers and DIY enthusiasts. They share their ideas and building projects on their blog.
When we bought our home in summer 2010, we knew that we’d have to do a lot of work and spend money to improve it and make it more liveable. It was a mess – and we loved it! Or at least we did, until the first winter in our home arrived.
We knew we had a lot of work ahead of us, but nothing quite prepared us for the freezing cold conditions in the house. It was so cold that we could see our breath in the mornings, the heating was on almost non-stop and we’d find ourselves lighting hundreds of candles, just to be able to get the rooms a bit warmer. It was miserable.
Needless to say, after that first winter in our home, our priorities completely changed. Our prettifying plans were put on hold and our focus turned towards getting our home more airtight, insulated and as warm as we could.
We insulated under our ground floor, we sealed gaps between floorboards and covered our loft with a thick layer of mineral wool. All this made a difference, but the big job we tackled was replacing our old and badly-fitted windows – and the difference is amazing! The new windows of course look much better than the old ones, but more importantly the house is quieter and much, much warmer than before.
With so many options and choices available, it can be difficult to choose new windows, but really it comes down to your property and budget. New windows aren’t cheap and we’re slowly working our way around the house, replacing a couple of windows a year as and when we can afford to do so. We always try to tackle as many jobs as we can around the house ourselves, but installing new windows yourself isn’t something we’d recommend, least of all because you need a FENSA certificate (or alternatively building regulations approval) when the work is complete. Although having new windows installed seems like a big job, it’s surprisingly quick and straightforward to have done. Even the mess is minimal.