One of the reasons I bought our new place was the empty space beneath the lounge area. Most of the lounge was built as an addition in the 1960s to take advantage of the awesome views across the town and harbour but the area beneath (approx 9m x 4m- about 27ft by 12 ft by ye old antiquated measurements?) is open to the South and so gets the full blast of winter rains and is as far from the sun as possible in this hemisphere and so not of ideal use for much... at present. Its main purpose is as a sheltered spot for washing to dry on cold rainy days and a place to park our bikes but that is all about to change...
My plan simple lay a new floor- being on a hill it is uneven and slopes about 15cm over the 4m width, close in the open gaps and install large windows (each gap is about 2.2 m high x 2.7-2.9 wide) and create myself a cosy new gaming... er family, room whilst also reducing winter drafts coming up through the floor area- which currently is a bit of a problem in blustery southerlies. So it will also be making the house warmer. The best way to get appoval for such project is to pitch them as family living space and or reduing heating costs then once built put a combination lock on the door to keep the rest of the family out!
Anyway, work began on Friday with the builders coming in to break up the concrete in preparation for laying the new floor. They'd just broken up the highest point on the floor and hopefully this week will lay a new level concrete slab which will be about 15cm thick. The concreting will be one of the most expensive parts of the project!
As you can see I'm going to get pretty good views out over town.