A new milestone has been reached in the restoration of Bridge Cottage, Uckfield, as the underfloor heating is switched on.
The process of warming up the Grade II listed building will be a slow one otherwise new wood will twist and cracks appear as everything dries out, according to a blog recording progress on the project.
A blockage in one of four bore holes has been cleared, the water main is connected and UK Power Networks have disconnected old power feeds and taken away old switch gear.
Outside, levels are being established across the forecourt as planters and final drains are installed.
The river perimeter line has been established and work has started on decorative features of paving including the istallation of a pipe to house a time capsule.
Elsewhere external lights have been installed at ground leve, in planters and as free-standing bollards by the river.
The plan is to finish the paving this month and perhaps get some plants in the planters.
Work on the early 15th century timber-framed building is scheduled to be completed after Easter ready for it to be a meeting place available for the community, and for Civil Ceremonies to take place.
The Uckfield Preservation Society is also planning a range of heritage activities and means of interpretation to enable all sectors of the growing town of Uckfield to understand and appreciate their heritage.
These will include educational programmes, local history and craft events, and the creation of a heritage hub for historical research.