The lounge (or drawing room) sits at the front of the house in the Regency part, hence the high ceilings, cornice and large deep sash window. It over looks the front garden and beyond to the church. Twin French doors lead to the conservatory.
(before/above) A leak from outside had caused severe damage to the large deep skirting boards and window surround. A local carpenter managed to copy the existing woodwork and replace with new.
(before/above) All four walls were in a terrible state - cracked, lumpy and very bumpy. Even though we wanted to keep as much of the house as original as possible, it simply wouldn't have worked to just paint them. We made the decision to have all the walls re-skimmed and re-paint.
(before/above) We took down the book case (at the right-hand-side), so that the fireplace would be the focal point of the room. The original fire surround was in excellent condition, simply painting it was all that was needed. The 70's Baxi burner was removed and the wood burner stove was added for extra warmth in the winter. (after/below)
(after/below) The window has secondary double glazing.....very ugly indeed.... in time we hope to restore all the sash windows.