|The kitchen window to be replaced.|
Photo was taken in summer of 2009.
This window is not original to the house. We believe it was added when the original pantry was opened up to enlarge the kitchen. We knew we were in for some problems, because there were telltale signs of previous water damage under the window...
|Even paint couldn't hide old water damage under the window|
When we tore down the wall, we discovered that the damage included rotted floor joists.
|The rim joist had been replaced at one time. The rest were in question.|
(That's paper stuffed into the AC vent to keep stuff from falling into it)
This wasn't really a surprise, because Dan had found similar damage when we put in the back porch door. What we discovered now, is that someone had previously done some repair on this. You can see it as the newer, lighter color joist in the photo above. Unfortunately, they didn't replace everything else that was rotted out.
The amazing thing about this window, is that it had no framing. It wasn't attached to any posts or studs. It had no header. It was just ... stuck into the wall....
|Look Ma, no framing. Old window just stuck into the siding.|
Before we could get started however, Dan said we needed the new window. The old window is 30 by 47 inches and we talked about the possibilities. We decided wood would look best with our house rather than vinyl. We also wanted something a little taller, and possibly narrower. That would give us more light in the kitchen and a better view out. With all that decided, he told me to go buy a window.
I had already taken a look at the windows at the building supply stores in town. I always look ahead, to see what's available and what kind of prices we're talking about. Then I set about to see if I can find a bargain. That day I headed to an area discount builders, which carries a variety of salvage, discontinued, unclaimed, and slightly damaged goods. This means they have no basic stock items, but lots of one-ofs and a few lots of items. It was where we got the new kitchen door, which is better quality and was cheaper than the porch door we purchased at one of the big box home improvement stores. There are no guarantees when going to a place like this, because they may or may not have what one is looking for. There are no returns either, which means a good bargain may not be so good if the item doesn't work for whatever reason.
I confess I was extremely reluctant to go on this window buying mission alone. This is because while Dan and I make an excellent team, we each have different strengths. Mine is design. I consider the aesthetics of a thing and how well it will fit into the overall plan. His is structure. He looks at how well it will work with the project at hand and what it will take to utilize it. I'm pleased he has such confidence in me, but I always worry that I won't know to look for something important.
They had a lot of windows, mostly vinyl, but also a few wood. After a lot of digging around, measuring, and pondering, I finally bought not one, but two; one for the window we're getting ready to replace...
|New window is a wood clad, 2x6 ft casement type.|
... but also one to go over the kitchen sink.
|This is the exterior of the window that will go over |
the kitchen sink. It has vinyl exterior, wood interior
They both have energy star ratings, and I figured I'd better get both now, especially since they were on sale for an additional 30% off. And besides, the second window might not be there next time.
Dan said I did good but there was still something I overlooked and he had questions about installing the long casement window. I'll tell you all about that, later.