Show Me Those Windows!

The front window

The front window – all wrapped. Yes, we have a little bit of brick repair to still do. We will tuckpoint, replace the brick and mortar it in place, and then do some spot painting.

 

Our original install date was set for November 30th, 2016. At the time we scheduled it, Window World asked, “If we have an earlier appointment opportunity, would you like it?”

Absolutely!

And when they called on November 10th and asked if I would like them to reschedule the installation to the 11th, I jumped at the chance. Windows installed earlier than expected? That sounded great to me!

And at 10:30, they arrived, their truck full of windows.

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Seeing them there, waiting to be unwrapped and installed was exciting. In some ways, it feels as if we have made so little progress on The Cottage, even though we have spent hundreds of hours there. Progress is often done at a crawl.

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Until you have huge leaps forward, like the painting and the windows.

The back porch ready for the new windows

The back porch ready for the new windows

 

These big leaps forward give us juice to move forward on the smaller, no-so-obvious things like wiring, plumbing, insulation and more.

Jay's wife Michelle came out to help with some of the painting we hadn't been able to finish last weekend.

Jay’s wife Michelle came out to help with some of the painting we hadn’t been able to finish last weekend.

 

The windows guys got to work pulling out the old windows. The two windows in the center of the photo above were going to be made into one single window. It saved us a couple of hundred dollars by just having it be one window instead of two.

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The windows came with an aluminum wrap which would cover the wood surrounding the window. This meant we would spend less time having to maintain the paint or the wood and hopefully not have to worry about wood rot or leaks.

A few from the inside. The only windows that were not replaced were the casement windows. One on the west side and two on the east side of the house.

A few from the inside. The only windows that were not replaced were the casement windows. One on the west side and two on the east side of the house.

 

Stepping back and looking at everything, I have to acknowledge, in the past three months there has been an extraordinary amount of work done on this house!

I decided on a long casement window on the back porch. The view is filled with a tree and gives a forest-like feel to the room. I'm busy hatching design plans for this room.

I decided on a long casement window on the back porch. The view is filled with a tree and gives a forest-like feel to the room. I’m busy hatching design plans for this room.

 

Here you can see the exposed wood frame of the house. This will be covered with vinyl siding very soon.

Here you can see the exposed wood frame of the house. This will be covered with vinyl siding very soon. And of course, we will finish the painting of the porch as well.

 

City codes had gotten us on missing windows (they had been shot out around New Year's Eve). I can see that we still need one more coat of paint on everything to make it look good - along with a couple of repairs.

City codes had gotten us on missing windows (they had been shot out around New Year’s Eve). I can see that we still need one more coat of paint on everything to make it look good – along with a couple of repairs.

 

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Progress! And just for perspective, this is how the side of the house looked when we first bought it…

Trees were growing along the foundation and up the roof.

Trees were growing along the foundation and up the roof.

 

What do you think?!

2 Comments

  1. Nicole van Elst

    Dear Christine, sad your Kiva loan expired.
    I will follow up and know one day you look at a jewel.
    Wish you and your loved ones Happy Holidays.
    Who knows, maybe one day I come from Germany to visit and stay at “The Cottage”

    Nicole van Elst
    Ingelheim, Germany

    • christine

      Such a kind note. Thank you, Nicole! I hope you will visit someday. Here in the Midwest, we believe in good hospitality. I would be happy to show you around our fair city! And some day I hope to visit Germany. My father’s family were from the northern part of the country. Their last name was Sandfort. Have a lovely holidays!

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