We Got the Windows!

January 24, 2012

framing, kitchen

It’s been about 15 years, but we finally got the new windows! Hurray for us! We’d ordered them a long time ago, and they came in yesterday. We didn’t get replacements for every window in the house (sheesh, this house has a ton of windows!) but there are enough for now. I’ve never installed new windows so it will be quite the adventure.

Oh wait. I did install a window before– a brand new window. In the kitchen! How could I forget! It was only two years ago.

This was the original window in the kitchen. It was installed in 1972, when the previous owners remuddled the kitchen into an orange and brown 1970s funk extraordinaire. The window was wood with an aluminum frame. I had warped so badly that I could not open it. Imagine– the only tiny window in the entire kitchen and it’s stuck shut! Painful, indeed!

Ugliest Kitchen2

We removed the piece of junk in summer of 2010. What a glorious day. :)

Removing Old Window2

I ripped open the wall (which was severely rotten from water damage) and discovered some water damage and poor remodeling from previous owners. They had cut into floor joists to fit plumbing pipes and the beam that held up this part of the wall. I decided to rebuild the entire section of the wall.

Window Open

It was my masterpiece. I built it to perfection. The window frame not only had to house the window, but it had to hold up this portion of the wall, which was sagging. I made the frame very sturdy.

Window Rough Framing

This is one of the greatest sights for a DIY homeowner.

Its Level

The running gag around the house was that a tornado could rip through the town and level every single house, but my window frame would still be standing. :)

I never got photos of us installing the actual window because it took the entire family to haul the thing into the opening, level it, shim it, and nail it down. As soon as it was up, though, Livvy hopped up for her inspection.

Window Int

I installed trim in a Greek Revival design that reflects the rest of the house.

Window1

The new window gives off a lot of light. It’s glorious having such a bright, airy kitchen!

Window2

Of course, the new windows I just got for the living room are a totally different animal than this kitchen window. The new ones are vinyl REPLACEMENT window– the kitchen was a “new construction” window with nail flanges. For a vinyl replacement window, you have to fit the boxy frame directly into the existing window frame. I’ve never done it before. I’ve already done some studying and have watched some good videos about the process. *cracks knuckles* We’ll probably get the windows installed next week. I’ll be sure to let you know! We have to install a few on the second story of the house, so I would sure appreciate your prayers! :)

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3 Responses to “We Got the Windows!”

  1. lin Says:

    I’m impressed. Very impressed. That kitchen is fabulous! Do you hire out, ‘cuz I would love a new kitchen. But if you come, will you bring that wacky kid with the hammer? He makes me laugh every time I see that photo!

  2. Marg Says:

    That Lin is really funny. The kitchen window looks terrific. Good luck on all the windows. You could come do our house too. We sure need new windows. Have a great week end.

    • Mrs. Mecomber Says:

      Lin: BWAHAHAAH!! A week later I am still cracking up about your comment.

      Marg: You know, maybe someday my kids will help others do stuff like this. You know, Habitat for Humanity kind of stuff, but it would be remodeling for older folks who can’t do it anymore. Like you. And me. :|