As if blood-red paint wasn’t depressing enough, every one of 109′s windows was covered with lead. According to our glazier, removing lead lets in another 30% light. It’s not a fun job – after peeling the lead strips off, you have to run a Stanley knife over the glass at a 30-degree angle to get rid of the residue. And then, weirdly, even when you think it’s gone, a cold morning will bring the pattern back out in condensation. Luckily, I love the smell of most cleaning products and happily spent an afternoon liberally applying furniture polish to get rid of the ghostly apparition. More of a pane (sorry) was the last  task – scraping any flaking paint off the sill, filling in the gaps with wood putty and repainting it. Only four more to go…