Windows

Your dwellings eyes; choose wisely

Windows are a way to not only have a way for you to see what's happening outside, but to add a hint of the style of your building.  Double sash windows make a house look like it's got some vintage style happening; a big picture window could indicate that it's from the 1960's. 

Your throne awaits, Your Majesty...

Every type of window imaginable can be reproduced, or you can salvage them from existing buildings or obtain them from architectural salvage companies.

I find lots of windows in the recycle center; sometimes people give us windows, like the set of single panes of conservatory glass that we've been storing and worrying over - all 28 of them. 

These are 70" tall by 33" wide - an odd size, but one that I thought I had found a use for; in Pearls Place.  It was not to be though when we found other windows that would be even better; double glazed, with a casement type opening window at the bottom - with a screen no less.

Which would you choose?

Single pane conservatory glass - needs a frame...
Two double glazed windows...

Other windows that we salvaged were the three paned type that we put into the bedroom, and the kitchen. 

They are not allowed, according to the building inspector, because they are not double glazed. 

They will be changed as time and the budget allow.

Wooden single paned windows - a no-no...

Cutting the holes for the windows is easier than you might think; a bit of ingenuity, and a chainsaw.  The trick is not to hit any nails; metal and the whizzing chain don't make for happy bedfellows.

Click on any picture to open the gallery and see larger versions of the images:

The tip of the chainsaw is the first thing to show...
Start at the top of the window...
The window is loose now - catch it!
Voila; a window...

More on windows in a bit - we've got a few decisions to make, and someone may get their ego bruised, or have a disappointment to deal with - hope it's not me!

I'm loving having two corner windows installed - what a difference it makes. 

These are on a west and north facing wall, which isn't ideal, but no-one is complaining about it. 

The light from this direction is diffused and although the view could be improved and will be in time it makes a bright place to sit and look out.  Window seat to follow...

The first window is north facing...

Drilling the holes in the corners...
The final result...
...makes it easier to cut the window out...
Quick - it's cold in here...

The next day we were a little more on the ball, and had it planned ahead of time...

Step one - get your area prepared for cutting the hole in the wall...
Cutting the wall out is a delicate task...
Someone to catch the piece of OSB on the other side is good...
especially when it's in two pieces...
The two windows at the top of this page - installed...




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