Come On In, We Have a New Front Door!

Yay! The rain has retreated so we have a chance to do the last re-framing project for our building! The front door, whose handle and lock we bought months and months ago! Again, the door was a little taller and a little wider than the original, so we had to cut out and reframe the opening.


We also had to move the stairs away from the door so we could get at all of the screws that were holding it in. This made for many attempted falls on both our parts as we kept forgetting that the ground was suddenly a LOT further away.


Once everything was reframed, it was delightfully easy to slide the new door into place and secure it!


I had the honor of installing our lock and handle, and they work perfectly!


Now we don;t have to worry about not having a key on us all the time, just a spare tucked away in the case of a dead battery:-)



Windows Are Done!

Today is the day! The day that the last window gets installed! I got started cutting supports right away:

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We had to take out the whole sill plate, as it was VERY water damaged. Fun times!

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We also had a bit of a surprise when taking down the insulation around the window…a wasps nest! Aaron showed off his moves with a broom and swatted 20 wasps right out of the air:-)


Reframing and de-wasping complete, we got the window in! It was the smoothest installation we have had so far, so I guess we have gotten good just as we finish the windows.

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With the windows finished, the last of the sub floor on this end could be put down. Once the second door is replaced, the very last pieces will be able to go down.

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The Penultimate Window!

Woot! Today we install the second-to-last window! I had some urgent orders from UnkamenSupplies to finish filling, so Aaron removed paneling and started cutting the staples to get a head start on this window yesterday. That means things moved fast today!

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Once the frame was braced, the last of the supports could be shortened, the new header and base cut, and the last nails severed.


Then it was just a matter of removing the exterior screws, installing the new wood, and cutting the siding to create a hole appropriately sized for the window!

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This means that as well as having only one window left to reframe and install, all of the windows on the front of the building have been replaced!


Next item to replace? Doors!

Big Window: Round Two!

Remember when I said we had a pair of matching windows? Well, today we install the second one on the other side of the house! The sill plate on this side had some VERY squishy spots, so it had to be cut out and patched.


Once the new framing went up, I could star cutting siding. Look how much bigger the new window is compared to the one that was there originally! We won’t need lights to be on during the day unless it is really cloudy, that’s for sure 😉


As the cherry on top, we had also grabbed the lattice accessories that went with the windows when we bought them, thinking we may or may not want them. Turns out, they look fantastic and we will be keeping them for sure!

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Bonus in this picture: Those green taped-out boxes are the rough locations of the counter-top, sink, and refrigerator for the kitchen!

Loading Windows…3 of 7 Complete

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I sure can! And we have only installed three out of the seven so far!

Even with only two windows matching(they will be installed at the middle of the building, opposite each other) they are looking really awesome! The larger window size really opens up the space and lets in a ton of lovely natural light.

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What is next on the menu? Sub floor! We finally have electricity(three BIG cheers for A/C!), so we were able to hook up the air compressor and get started nailing the sub floor down.

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The nail gun made it go so quickly, we got 3 1/2 sheets down in less than an hour, finishing the back end(future bedroom) enough that we could start re-installing the insulation that we had pulled out to re-do the windows.

2015-07-29 18.14.53And before you ask, yes, we already checked and no rewiring needs to be done in the back, so the insulation should be safe from further construction. 🙂

Second Window

New day, new window to replace! But, luckily, we do not have to replace the sill plate for this window, which means it will be faster to re-frame! We were able to simply cut the nails/screws/staples holding the framing together so we could add longer base pieces and shorten the top studs to accommodate the lager window. Pro tip: Hacksaws take a looooong time to cut though large staples, I anticipate having well developed sawing muscles by the time this project is done.2015-07-27 12.08.26

Once the re-framing was done, we just stood back and admired the view! This window looks out into a set of ceder trees and will be over the left side of the bed.


Once we were done looking, we got to lifting and taa daa! Second new window is ready to rock and roll. Or, at least open and close. 🙂

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A Window of Opportunity

Now that we have some of the materials and fixtures needed to get started, we can, well, get started!

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Get used to seeing me in those blue shorts, it is too hot out here for anything else at the moment! We hope to get the building hooked up to electricity soon so we can have light and A/C, but that will depend on when the electric company can come back out to put the finishing touches on the new hook up points.

First to go? The wall paneling around each window, so the new ones can go in!


The original insulation is in good shape, but was not installed correctly, as the flaps on either side should be stapled down to create a better barrier from the outside. Looks like a lot of stapling will be in our future!


We were originally planing on just removing the paneling around the windows and then putting it back up or finding a new paneling to put up in the spots where we took it down. Unfortunately, since the insulation flaps are not stapled down and some of the insulation does not even have the paper backing on it, we will need to remove all of the paneling. It doesn’t come down nicely either, so replacing it will be necessary. Hello bead-board!

With the first chunk of paneling removed, we got started right in on replacing a window. It will be on the driveway side of the house at the foot of the bed, so we decided to use the lovely patterned privacy window we had found at the ReStore. Since the windows we got are all bigger than the existing windows, some re-framing was in order!


We also had to replace a chunk of sill plate on this window, as the sealing around the opening had given way in spots, allowing the bottom board to rot. Here is the shiny new one we put in!

IMG_0384We didn’t expect re-framing a single window to take so long…but it did. I finished cutting away the excess siding that was within the new window opening a little after dark, too late to put the new window in that night.

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So, we put plastic over the opening, went to bed, and got up early the next day to get that puppy installed the rest of the way!

IMG_0388With a little bit of lifting help, some shims, and a nice bead of caulk all the way around the outside, we had our first new window for our house all done!


Nothing to see here, just an awesome window!

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