What a pain (or should it be pane?)!
Having made the small hall room completely safe by taking down all the loose and cracked plaster work it has revealed a problem we had not accounted for –
The window frames are rotten and urgently need replaced! 😦
We had not planned to do the windows as part of this room renovation project but once the internal double glazing and the surrounding plaster was taken off around the windows, they have become unstable and the two arched windows have had to be kept in place via a wooden strut.
You know, when I took the above photo, I never even thought to ask why there was a beam of wood holding the windows in place. Well, now I know!!! 😦
It appears that decades of wind and rain have taken its toll on the wooden frames of these windows and they are now suffering from a bad case of wet rot and this in turn has rendered them unstable and they may even fall out of place.
Additionally, a lot of the glass has been cracked and/or broken over the years and these cracks and holes are also letting in water.
And, as you can see, as the years have gone by various panes of glass have been replaced – some by Georgian wire glass, some by coloured glass, some by dimpled glass, some by striped glass, some by frosted glass, etc. etc. etc. etc.
I should’ve guessed that the windows would be a problem because the outside of them have wire protector grills covering them and these are showing signs of decay and rust too – a possible sign that water may be getting into the building.
What a nightmare!
This revelation will not only set our timescale back for the opening of the Training Room but will also set back our funding too. We simply cannot afford to replace the windows.
Well, that’s not strictly true – we could maybe scrape up some funds to replace the windows with new PVC windows, but this is a listed building. Any replacement windows have to be wooden and of the same shape and design as the existing windows. This, unfortunately, costs a lot more as we need to get in a specialist company to hand make each window.
The good news is that the Planning Department has given us the go ahead to get them replaced due to the urgency of their current precarious condition. I am now in the process of contacting Historic Environment Scotland to see if they can help with an emergency repair application for nearly £5000.