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Windows Completed

First project completed!!! Although they weren’t part of the original plan, the driveway-side windows are all installed and now a thing of the past. Enjoy the picture time-line.

  Originally, the plan was to cover the window in the kitchen and bring in more light by installing a French door at the back entry. After discovering the great prices of Pella-brand argon double-pane windows ($120.00 for a 3×5 window) from Lowes, we immediately made room in our budget for these windows. My savings scheming also helped.

I first started by removing all of the existing windows I planned to replace. I did have mixed feelings because the original double hung windows were in such remarkable shape and I knew with a little bit of cleaning, sanding, wax and paint, these windows would last another 50 + years.

After I removed the windows carefully (I saved everything and will find a use for them somewhere down the road), I then cut out the exterior stucco to make room for the new and larger windows. The two windows in the living room went from 3×4 to 3×5. The window in the breakfast nook went from 40″x48″ to a whopping 5’x7′.

Next step was to frame up a new opening for the windows, including a new header for each window.


After, self adhering flashing was laid onto the exterior side of the frame to prevent water leakage. Then a bead of silicone was applied just before the windows were screwed to the frame.


After the windows were screwed to the frame I ran another strip of the self-adhering flashing over the vinyl frame just to provide a final water-tight seal. The final touch of the exterior work was to apply plywood and brick mold trim around the new windows for stucco….once it happens somewhere way, way down the road.

 

Finally, the final (it really feels good to use the word final, even though its all so far from finality) touches to the window were on the inside. I trimmed up the interior frames for sheetrock (which goes up soon).

Huge sigh. Now to divert my attention to the other million things to do before the wedding….which is now exactly one month away.

-jerry

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Idea board…for livingroom

No new progress pics to post…so I thought I would share an idea board in progress. These will probably evolve, but here some info in some of these items.

The chiasso.com mirror is listed at 388, but every so often they have a 20% off sale. Which brings it down to 300! The copper glass mosaic tile are from Lowes. Here’s the really great news…they are only 7.99 a sheet!!! Wow! I found the vintage chair with a “free” sign on it last week. I have almost 20 vintage cameras and probably over 2000 LPs. We were thinking of having a chair-and-a-half in lieu of a sofa and maybe a leather club chair which I’ve always loved. Probably not in red though…well, this is still evolving. Hope you like!

Livingroom Idea Board... In progress

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Kitchen & Living Room demolition

As promised,here’s how things are progressing via some photos of these past few weeks…

Then we took advantage of the wall being torn down and are in the process of installing windows…

Left side of house - before (view from driveway)

Front (side view with new windows...installation still in-progress)

Front - new windows (with my sexy Dana, not available at Lowes)

Inaugural opening...of our first new window

ok, back to work…
-jerry

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Thank you weekend warriors!!

A HUGE thanks to all that came out this weekend! Marcos, Cyndi, John, Vanessa, Leo, Mark jr, Cesar!!!! No pics today because we crashed before downloading all of the pics, but updates with pics tomorrow!

Plans for this week include;

1. 3 new windows installed
2. upgrade all galvanized plumbing to copper
3. electrical rough-in

Were on it!
-Dana & Jerry

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Best deal around…

Its a fact, The Spanish Charmer is the nations only hands-on home improvement workshop that provides beer and all of the lemons you can fit in your pants. Workshops run all weekend, so hurry and sign up. Spaces are filling up fast – BTW, this is sort of my April Fools…but Im dead serious about the free beer and lemons.

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Shopping Part 1.

Demolition is either 80% or 100% done. So now its time to go shopping! The walls separating the living room, kitchen, laundry room and breakfast nook have all been removed and now we have a nice open floor plan.

Walls knocked down...

Our plans for this weekend include three new low E, Argon windows across the south part of the house, and a nice 8 foot wide French door in lieu of a small window and door.


Back to it,
-Dana & Jerry

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