There are some things in this home that I’m loathe to replace.
The threadbare carpet in the living room has been on the floor for as long as I’ve lived in the place – over half a century.
It’s been worn down by countless feet, big and small, walking over it and hundreds of vigorous vacuum cleanings. The pattern is barely recognisable, but I know I’ll miss it when it comes to chucking it away.
I don’t have the same feelings reserved for the mouldy window frames, which have not been looked after as well. These single glazed frames were fitted by a friend of my Father’s back in the 80s. My Dad was too old to get up a ladder to look at the job himself, unfortunately it wasn’t done as well as it could have been.
For the last 30 years or so, numerous generations of Austins have quietly drawn more blankets over themselves, as they’ve struggled to keep out the draughts that have whistled through the house.
Now we’ve got the finances and my daughter’s bringing in her young family, it’s finally time to replace these lousy fittings with something a little sturdier. To think that we’re nearly 20 years into the 21st Century and still relying on single-glazed windows!
Being in the construction business for so long, I’ve luckily built up a wealth of contacts specialising in a vast array of trades.
One of these businesses, based in the North of England, is Allerton Windows.
Specialising in fitting the finest of energy saving double glazing, I first came across this company some 10 years or so ago on a job up North. Although they started out of Liverpool, the small startup has widened its operational reach, fitting windows and building conservatories out in Wigan, Chester and Warrington.
My Father did his best to design the house with sunlight in mind.
He wasn’t the greatest of architects but he knew that getting as much light into the house as possible would give the place an airy and open feel – perfect for a home that was due to be overrun by kids for the next five decades.
Each of the four good-sized bedrooms features double aspect windows, letting in a piece of the sun throughout the day. In fact, my Dad invested so heavily in windows, that the house has always felt a little chilly.
I’m lucky to have the links that I do with Allerton Windows, otherwise this build would certainly be setting me back a lot more cash.
Although I still need to get cracking with the big job of doing up the kitchen, I’m glad that the windows will be getting replaced soon. They’re one of the few glaring faults that this house has; a niggle that has kept kids up late shivering and parents swearing at the expense of heating bills.
The last couple of months that I’ll be spending in this house will be the most comfortable that I’ve ever had. Not only will we spending practically nothing on keeping the place warm, but it will be completely draught free.
Something I’m sure my daughter and her kids will be happy of.