This week was a big one in reno-land.
Come to my window
Remember these horrible windows? The ones that let more cold (or hot) air into the house than if we’d have the front door open?
There’s just no words. I mean, someone bought screens that were too short and then filled the gaps with exposed boards. What in the world? Do you think that Boozie Susie from Russet Street Reno stopped by?
The strangest part is that it is probably worse than it would have been with the original windows. Why even bother replacing them?
This dining room shot is the stuff that nightmares are made of.
Well, no more craziness. Those windows are GONE!
We actually bought our new windows in the fall, but it snowed before we put them in. I’m not sure Ryan couldn’t get them in. I mean, he was only building a garage and installing a fence. Sheesh!
So, they’ve been hanging out in the garage.
(As a side note: When the windows arrived, I made my normally-very-calm husband very upset by exclaiming that they look really chintzy. After all the time he spent measuring and shopping around and choosing and ordering and loading and unloading. Yeah… and these puppies weren’t cheap. I don’t know what I thought they looked chintzy at first, but I don’t think so anymore. They are really nice Anderson windows. Sometimes I need to learn to shut my pie hole. You probably don’t know what that’s like.)
Anyhow, all winter we just dealt with the old windows (and the high heating bills). But this week, Ryan got all the old windows out and the new ones installed in record time.
17 new windows.
And in the process, he only shattered one old window. And no one was hurt, so it was all good.
It’s so much better.
Especially when you remember this ‘before.’
We still need to trim outside and inside the windows, but they already make such a huge difference. Ryan’s going to focus on the interior and work on the exterior as it gets warmer. (It’s apparently still winter in Illinois.)
There aren’t drafts in the house anymore. We don’t have to use towels and coats to block the ice cold air from getting into our home. And it’s brighter and cleaner. And I really like the pane-look.
All-in-all, we are thrilled. And the Rand-dawg (who took our old garage and kitchen cabinets and all the old radiators) is also taking the old windows off our hands. It’s amazing how this Craigslist contact worked out for us. So we don’t even have to figure out how to dump them.
Now, if only the trim would put itself up.
So, that’s the week in review.
For you eagle eyes, yes, I did work on the bathroom painting, too. But, unfortunately someone (who most certainly wasn’t me… okay, maybe it was me), spilled a gallon of trim paint INSIDE the new vanity. So, that derailed my momentum. The good news – it didn’t get through to the new floor and hopefully the vanity is salvageable. The bad news – I had a melt down. But, what’s new, right?
What do you think?