When we bought our house about two and a half years ago, the front porch window was already broken out. They had ‘fixed’ it by putting up a sheet of black plastic. When we got the keys to the house, we screwed up a piece of plywood behind the plastic. That is how the window remained until the momentous occasion of a new window install on Sunday. The picture below shows the window installed and flashed, but no trim yet.
The side window in the same front room was also replaced. I have to say that it’s pretty amazing not being able to see daylight through cracks where the old window didn’t line up right. The window opening had to be completely re-framed as the original was one of the most amateurish debacles in our house. (It’s actually worse than it looks. Originally, this structurally weak window framing was supporting one of the heaviest point loads in the house. The new 4×8 header above the opening is a recent structural upgrade.)
Dozer, the job site dog, chills in the window opening while making sure his owner was doing a good job.
The front room with new windows will eventually become Lee’s office. Perhaps more exciting than the windows, is that “eventually” may be shorter than we thought. This coming weekend we’re bringing back our framer pal to rip out the old floor, shim and level out new underlayment, and frame in the other two walls of the room (this will require ripping out one side of the bathroom wall). The hallway will also be updated by adding leveled underlayment and the missing hallway wall framing. This has me very excited!
We ordered the three windows for the front of the house. When they arrive four to six weeks from now there is going to be a week-long rework out front. The porch deck will be leveled and replaced with cedar, issues with the front door are going to be fixed, a new door is in my future (woohoo!!), the entire front of the house is going to be reshingled, the missing corbels added, and various other things. All told, it should be a major facelift for our house. Only painting and gutters will be missing.