TOPPING OUT - GERALD COLE

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Through a glass darkly

How easy is buying the right window? 

It’s a project I’ve long considered and often postponed, partly because other home extensions seemed so much sexier. The loft conversion promising fabulous horizon views, the rear extension creating an estate agent-friendly open-plan kitchen/family space. And the basement swimming pool beneath the garden providing regular healthy exercise while leaving the lawn intact. 

I should add that - for excellent financial reasons - none of these, especially the latter, actually happened. But the long postponed project is about to, mainly because it’s one of the cheapest and easiest of renovation projects. I’m talking, of course, about an integral garage conversion. ...


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