|Old windows, original to the house - single glazed with no insulation|
under the molding. The new energy efficient ones are in the corner.
The first thing we did was to take a trip to an area surplus building supply warehouse. We had decided that if we could find the right windows, then the bay window we wanted would be a go. Well, they happened to have recently gotten new stock and we found just what we were looking for - three new energy star rated windows (and for less than the cost of one at full retail price).
The next step was to take out the old windows.
|It was a cold day and this promised to be a dusty job so we cleared|
out the living room and covered what remained. Having doors for all
the rooms meant that all the cold and dust stayed in the living room.
As Dan feared, there was no header for the window opening. If you look carefully along the top you can see five studs spaced 16" apart on center.
|Close-up of how the window opening was originally framed out.|
A header would have supported the ceiling, but instead, the builder used the windows to prop up the opening. Not unsurprisingly, there was some sagging there.
|With new header installed|
Dan doubled two 2x6s with a strip of plywood sandwiched in between to make a new header. Having to do this meant having to rethink placement of the windows. We bought them the same height as the old, but the header decreased the opening by 5.5 inches. Lowering the opening at the bottom would mean having to cut the living room's cement board wall. The other option was the header as a beam effect. After finding several examples of this online, that seemed the simpler option.
|Framing for the new windows|
My original sketch showed only the windows projecting from the wall. Another option was to build it to look like a room bump-out. Bay windows are very heavy and are usually installed as one unit and attached to the house from above with cables. By building it like a bump-out, the weight of each window could be supported by it's own framing.
Here are a couple of close-ups for details:
|How he framed out the top|
|Nailer on either side for siding and window trims|
|I'll paint the siding white for the time being, and then|
do the final paint job once the entire porch is finished.
Dan stuffed every crack with either insulation or foam and then applied window flashing. The barnboard siding around the bottom is insulated with batting. He covered the floor with a vapor barrier and will also put down plywood cut to fit. This be covered with a window seat when we get to the interior.
This is a different style from what we've been putting in the rest of the house, but I like the picture window effect.
|Siding up, trims installed, ready for primer and paint.|
The next step will be to prime and temporarily paint white. Then we'll get started on the inside. More on both of those here - "Progress on the Bay Window? Not Much".