Sunday, March 27, 2011

First replacement window complete

Frame dry fitted in place before we foamed up the air gaps and tacked it to the inside.
Close up of our 1/2 inch plywood frames.
Old window with the old trim.
New window and new trim. All our windows are 4 over 1 panes.
Old basement window that will be covered by the porch soon.
We finished the trim around the first replacement window. It was a little slow as we had to make the inside frame out of a 4x8 sheet of 1/2 inch plywood. Then we had to finagle the trim surround to get it to look good because the wall is a bit uneven. But it turned out great! Must have tools are a nail gun and quality miter saw for "tighter than bark on a tree" joints as they say.

After a bunch of back and forth about options yesterday we ended up going with plain 4x1 trim for the smaller windows and.... wait for it.... plain 6x1 for the doors and other windows (and maybe the baseboards). I know, crazy elaborate. All the new windows will have 6 inch frames so there's no need for a window sill. We created a 4.5 inch frame on the replacement by pushing the window outside more. It looks so much more modern and clean looking than the old window, don't you think? We also ripped out 2 of the old (and gross) small basement windows and boarded up the holes. They'll be under the new front porch so no need for windows there anymore.

All we have to do next is trim up the outside, prime, paint, finish the other 7 replacements, start the electrical, plumbing, insulation, drywall.... hmmmm.... maybe next weekend!

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