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Interior plan of the AILOH Prefab.
The two bedrooms were slightly different sizes with picture windows which opened outwards.. Both bedrooms had steel built-in cupboards and drawers. Air vents connected to the back boiler were the only heating.
The kitchen was fitted with steel cupboards, drawers and an integral sink unit. A side door entered directly into the kitchen.
A gas (copper) boiler( although not in ours), a gas oven and hob, and a fitted-in gas fridge were incorporated into the inbuilt steel kitchen units.
There were two sinks ,one deep for washing clothes.
Between the sinks was a support for a hand operated Mangle. A drop-down wall-fitted table adjacent to a built-in larder was opposite the built-in units.(Ours was quickly replaced by a proper table.)
The lounge had an open coal fire, the heat from which heated a back boiler, thus giving "free" hot water and luke -warm heating.
After 1957 this was converted to burn Coke.
The bathroom had a full-size bath and fitted steel cupboards.(in ours the sink was next to the window) There was a separate toilet and an electric Immersion Heater.
Outside, as with the ARCON, chain-link fencing, a gate and a coal shed built with corrugated steel from Anderson shelters with brick front and rear walls were also provided. Rear gardens were of sufficient size to grow vegetables and hang out washing.
Calders Prefab Estate Sighthill, Sighthill