Lately cold draughts invade through crevices and we look towards insulation.
Note that above the stove – the upper flagstones of the chimney breast have been obscured by roof braces
We reckon that three braces can be removed without compromising the strength of the roof
This way all seven chimney flags can be seen
and timber cladding can meet them right up to the apex
Sheep’s wool insulation – so clean and soft – you could actually wear it!
Behold the small attic space formed in the room’s center
Then looking towards the opposite gable
a darling dresser
It dictates the new dimensions of a sleeping loft.
The loft hangs down from rafters to skim the dresser top, and is secured by bolts top and bottom
Strong enough to dispense with the need for any annoying supporting post
and leaves a clearance of six-foot-two beneath
Traditional to many Irish cottages and accessed by a ladder through a hatch – the loft was storage space for flour and oats – as well as being a cosy bedroom for large numbers of children
A timely addition as the first winter storms blow across the lakes of Donegal