I haven't blogged about house projects in a long time. This is because most of our work on the house is done during winter months. In some ways that's kinda crazy, because who in their right minds replaces windows and finishes hardwood floors in freezing weather? The thing is, that's the time when there's less to do outdoors, so there's time to work indoors. Once the weather gets nice we're outside again. All of that means that for almost a year, now, my dining room has looked like this:
Blog posts about this project with lots of close-ups and other photos are here:
Getting the windows done on the Little Barn switched Dan into a project-finishing mode. His next project to finish was those windows.
All they needed was a little more caulk and the trims. Nothing fancy, just 1-bys and sanded plywood.
Paint makes the difference.
I always enjoy before and after pictures, so here are mine:
|Dining room windows before: single-glazed, cracked panes, and broken
latches. No insulation under the trim to allow space for window weights.
|Dining room windows after: double glazed, energy star rated
windows with as much insulation as we could stuff into the spaces.
Just in time for Thanksgiving. All I have left to do is to replace the curtains and maybe get new socket and vent covers.
Here's how they look from the outside:
|You can see an outdoor before photo here.|
I really liked the style of the original windows, and when we first bought the house we thought we'd try to restore to the original look. We might have been able to do that if all we were about was the house, but that's not the lifestyle we want. The house needs to be energy efficient and in good repair, but not picture perfect. Even so, I like it to look nice, and I'm happy with what we've done so far.