A lot of thought went into the design of our new extension (Terminal 2) on this challenging sloping site. Among the reasons for doing it at all were:
1. More bedrooms to enable family visits
1a. To create a retreat to make family visits even more enjoyable all round . . .
2. To make use of an ungardenably steep slope
3. To create a level, self contained suite of rooms should old age or disability arise
4. To make use of modern efficiencies and so reduce our carbon footprint
5. To add back-up to our reliance on gas for heating
6. To invest in property in an era of sinking interest rates and economic uncertainties
7. Should circumstances change, to have a workable 'retirement home' on site, with potential for resident carers
8. For the challenge and satisfaction of doing a project from the ground-up
There are probably more.
Well, as the very final bits and bobs are happening* fate has intervened and forced us out of the tower and into Terminal 2. The gas central heating has failed. These things always happen to us at Christmas. The Worcester Bosch nearly new boiler was overdue its first service and we have been on JD Mounsey's service list for weeks. Our fault. Man coming on Saturday to service and fix it hopefully.
Sooo, sooner than intended, we have done the obvious thing and moved in to Terminal 3 for now.
* An example of a bit and a bob is the second-fix connection of an outside light by the kitchen / fire-escape door, done today:
The wires had always been there but the actual fitting had to await the cladding panels. The illuminated windows are from the kitchen, treated with sky-blue blinds. Besides making the kitchen distinctly warmer they work well from inside - as you will I hope agree from the images which follow: