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Window on a small cupboard?

We're having a small rear extension built on our terraced house. Very simple. In it, there is extra living space, and a toilet and a utility cupboard next to that. We plan to keep the washing machine in that cupboard and put shelves in for storage. When we're not using it, we plan to have some louvre doors to close on it.

Here's the problem: my significant other insists that this tiny space needs its own, full-sized window so that it has enough light when she opens the doors.

Here is a rough sketch of the problem (not showing the louvre doors):


I don't want this because:

a) It's East facing and it's going to get damn hot in the sun (and I want to put things like wine in there or whatever).

b) The shelves will be butting up to the window(!), which will look crap from the outside (she says she'll put net curtains in...).

c) We have a shed out in the garden which may well block some of the light anyway.

d) There is another window right next to the cupboard, and there are rooflights in the ceiling.


OK I admit it, I'm just venting. It's a domestic and there's nothing anyone can really suggest that will solve this, but let me just say this:

Women - there is just no understanding them. :confused:


  • wallbash
    wallbash Posts: 17,775 Forumite
    Too dangerous to get between a couple .

    quote ...it has enough light when she opens the doors.
    Put in a electric light .
    Here is a rough sketch

    You don't know the meaning of 'rough ' :rotfl:
  • dander
    dander Posts: 1,782 Forumite
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    I'd get your builders to quote with and without the window - see if that changes her mind!
  • confuseddad_2
    Either a light wit an automatic snsor that comes on when the door opens or if its a lean too as drawn what about a velux or similar sun tunnel?
  • andrew-b
    andrew-b Posts: 2,413 Forumite
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    Only a woman could come up with putting a window in a larder! :rotfl:
    We have a similar sized cupboard in our kitchen. No lights in ours at all but one of the spot lights on the ceiling of the kitchen (there are 4 on a plate pointing around the kitchen) is pointed towards it. Light really isn't a problem and the lighting from the room should be adequate - unless she intends to sit in there reading her book or darning your socks worn through from all the extra work created by fitting the window in the first place!

  • ormus
    ormus Posts: 42,714 Forumite
    ive dumped GFs for less than that.

    is your wife related to my sister in law?
    Get some gorm.
    Has she picked the curtains yet? :D
  • Debt_Free_Chick
    Debt_Free_Chick Posts: 13,276 Forumite
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    Has she picked the curtains yet? :D

    Of course she has - that's why she now needs a window to hang them up to ;):D
    Warning ..... I'm a peri-menopausal axe-wielding maniac ;)
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