Saturday, August 2, 2014

Another Project

or

"I Can See Clearly Now, the Fog is Gone"

As you may recall, our house needed a lot of work when we first bought it (2010) to make it livable. Once we moved in, most of the project work came to a halt. Well, heck, up to that point we had commuted to the house from our previous residence, working about 9 hours each day, it was time to take a break and enjoy the fruits of our labor, don't ya think?!
This spring Mr. Dreamy and I talked to window replacement companies. We were given quotes for replacing our windows. Yikes! But, our windows desperately needing replacing. Several had fogged panels. Many couldn't be opened without a struggle, and almost all of the windows allowed the cold north wind (or wind from the east, west or south, for that matter) to blow into the house with such joyful abandon that the moving curtains were a testament to its entry. I posted a video of a candle in the wind on a previous post. 
Six weeks ago we placed our order. This week the installers arrived. For three days they sawed, and hammered, and pulled apart, and put together. And now… we have lovely new windows!

 Windows Arrive


Al begins to remove a window

This one's gone...

Hey, you're letting the flies in...

And now, the daunting task of caulking and filling, and priming and sanding, and painting and cleaning, and rehanging window blinds…. oh, but it will be nice (she keeps reminding herself) when that cold wind begins to blow!


Oh, and in case you are wondering, we chose to use Renewal by Andersen. Although there are a number of vinyl replacement windows on the market. We didn't care for the way they were installed, inside the existing frame, which cut down on the glass area of the window itself. We are really pleased with the new windows. If you are considering replacement and want more information from me, leave me a comment.










11 comments:

  1. We were just talking about that last night! Would love more info please :-). thecrazysheepladyATgmailDOTcom

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  2. Good window choice, we have Andersons in both our houses. Though Hubby works for a competitor shhhhhh

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    1. Hmmm… how very interesting!
      So far, I am very pleased with the windows. It has been truly a 'breath of fresh air' to have windows that open and close with ease!

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  3. I have a couple to replace too..we are thinking about just replacing the glass...16 years and two of three windows are showing that hazey stuff and one is downright moisture..makes me mad.
    You will have a busy week after the installation! :)

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    1. It will be time consuming to put it all back to rights. A post about that process will follow ;-)
      At our old home we just replaced the fogged glass. That worked quite nicely. The windows weren't the best, but we had already figured the house was not our 'forever' home, so we didn't care to invest the big bucks. This home may not be 'forever', but so many of the windows were stuck with paint that it wasn't really possible to get them working well… and then, there was the leak factor - huge!

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  4. Congratulations, ours need to be done here, badly. We did them on our LA house and what a difference it makes.

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    1. I'm already enjoying the ease with which the new windows open and close. It will be interesting to see if our heating/AC costs change. However, we still have a bunch of leaky doors… next on the list!

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  5. Wow, what a big job! But so worth it!

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    1. I am hoping it will be worth it in our heating/AC costs. I know it is worth it in the ease of operation… we have been enjoying having multiple windows open over the past few cool days - something that was such a hassle with the old windows that we didn't bother.

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  6. It's always good to get some major project behind you. Those windows will stand you in good stead if this coming winter is as dreadful as last winter was.

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    1. You are right! It was a huge project, but I think it was well worth it.

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