Saturday, February 29, 2020

Benson Row - 11

Penrith, Cumbria. February-2020

The game is afoot! After a few false starts, the kitchen installation has begun. The carcasses and side panels are in, the entire assembly is attached to the walls and one of the ovens is in place.

The boiler is boxed in and will have a door.

Now the flooring can begin. The base layer is in place and the engineered oak boards have been delivered. They need a little while to flatten and equilibrate with the ambient moisture and temperature.

I hung a number of the pictures we bought last month or brought up from London so the house is looking more like a home. We also picked up one of the framed prints from Alan Stones and it now has pride of place in the living room.

As previously mentioned, the three back to back houses originally had a step down between each property. We raised the kitchen floor to match the dining room and put in underfloor heating.

That meant the new worktops would be above the window sill. We put in a new shorter window which left gap outside to be filled. That will take place when all danger of frost is passed.

It is clear that there once was a door where the kitchen window is now but when, in the complicated history of this property, who can tell. We recently found a map from 1852 which shows our house was already in existence and the fact that it was three separate properties (just below the 'N' in Benson Row):

More research will surely follow.

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