For many years, we were not able to use modern-day replacement windows when remodeling the house, because all of the ones on the market were made with metal rather than wood. Also, none of the shapes available remotely resembled those of windows from the early 20th century.
Thankfully, a few years ago window manufacturers realized there was a huge untapped market out there, and they started making windows that could be used in historical renovations. While we have renovated almost all of the rooms in our house over the past 28 years, this is the first room where we have been able to install all NEW windows, with double-paned glass and lots of other nice features that weren’t available 100 years ago.
We had to make a couple of minor modifications to make the new windows fit into the old opening; the opening was slightly deeper than the manufacturer’s standard, so Paul added a strip of wood all around the exteriors of the windows, then painted all of them before he installed them. We were able to have the interior surfaces pre-stained in the factory, which saved us a little bit of time.
So today’s the “big install” – Paul’s friend, Gary, came over to help him take out the old windows and put in the new ones. It’s a perfect day for it – the temperature is just right, the humidity is low, and the sky is slightly overcast, so nobody is burning up in the sun.
I was peeking in from time to time, making observations and asking questions – you know, being my usual helpful self. I wouldn’t want the guys to miss anything, after all!
It…umm…wasn’t long before I was asked to quit “helping” them….. 😛