I have to start this post by wondering what people are thinking. Let me clarify, how could a house be 50+ years old and there be no insulation? Or new windows, or new electrical? I guess I'm the kind of person that tries to make some improvements when I live somewhere. Even if it's just one thing a year.
So now that I'm off my soap box, I did not want to go through another winter without new windows. Here's how things look to start off with.
New Windows Part 1 from ron upshaw on Vimeo.
Ok, I need to get back on my soap box for a minute. The genius that designed the ol' farm house put two EXTERIOR storm windows back to back to cobble together the window in the kitchen. Seriously? How do things like that even happen?
New Windows 2 from ron upshaw on Vimeo.
I think there was one room that had windows from the 1970's, and it was actually in worse shape than the original windows.
New Windows 3 from ron upshaw on Vimeo.
Lucky for me, I just signed a deal to work with Champion Windows here in the Puget Sound. I went down and met the guys. It's a really impressive company. They are one of the few that actually have a factory that manufactures the windows.
The install guys started by ripping out the old front picture window. It wasn't insulated, and it was not able to be opened in the summer. The new window will actually be a slider on the bottom and a picture window on top... nice!
Windows 4 from ron upshaw on Vimeo.
I thought there would be a sophisticated way to pull out the old windows. I figured that they would have some custom tool that would work like a charm. Not so...
Windows part 5 from ron upshaw on Vimeo.
He just broke the glass and pulled it out piece by piece.
While the foreman was working on the big window, the other guys on the crew were making quick work of the more standard bedroom windows.
New Windows Part 6 from ron upshaw on Vimeo.
Just to show how much of an improvement the new windows are, check this out. There was a slight measurement error on one of the bedroom windows. So they are making a new one for that opening. But here's a side by side comparison... amazing!
New Windows Part 7 from ron upshaw on Vimeo.
And here's the dramatic reveal, as they say on Extreme Home Makeover...
Windows part 8 from ron upshaw on Vimeo.
Let's just say it's an understatement to say I'm thrilled with the results. Not just in terms of looks, but also I've noticed a big difference with our heat bill.
So basically, I'm on course to replace this entire house piece by piece.