This blog has long been obsessed with the internal window. Where once it was all about crittal (or frittal – her faux sister) the look has now softened to be more about wood – where possible reclaimed. You can pick up salvage wooden doors for a reasonable price and the joy of that is that if you are creating your own hole in which to set an old door or window you can make the hole fit the the door rather than the other way round.
Maybe it’s because I have spent many years (28) living in London Victorian terrace houses which tend to be narrow and dark and, given that the only light comes from the front and back it can be hard to light the middle parts. Add an extension to the back to create the longed for kitchen diner and the middle of the house can be even gloomier.
I wrote about adding light in a post I did for Velux (click to see some drone footage flying over the house too) some years ago in which I spoke about the importance of adding windows where possible. Of course this isn’t easy when you are changing the look of a house but if you have a slanted roof you can add one there (we have done this and it throws light down the stairs) and, of course, there is the internal window.
This relies on the principle of borrowed light – as it sounds – allowing it to come from one lighter room to another darker one by providing a door of window for it to flow through.
Of course you don’t necessarily want to replace all your internal doors with glass ones although this can be a good idea downstairs where privacy is less of an issue, but you might still want to block sound. Alternatively you can add a window over a door – classic in 1930s houses or just in the middle of a wall – you will need a lintel to hold the wall up so do consult the professionals).
Adding sliding doors across a double sitting room knock through can also be a good way to keep the light but remove the sound and means you might get more use out of the room at the back – traditionally a dark passage to the kitchen where you can’t listen to music if the tv is on at the front.
So this week a collection of glass doors and windows – some of which are reclaimed, none of which are industrial metal in feel. Really pondering knocking through a wall at this point….