FINALLY Installing Some Windows!

Welcome back to our home renovation and remodel project. I’m so excited today because something special has arrived.

These windows had some of the longest lead times of anything on our project. We ordered these back in October, and now, in April, they have finally arrived. We’re glad we ordered them when we did, because now the lead time is 30 weeks. The door we need also arrived, even though it had a 20 week lead time when we ordered it. However, it arrived without the extension jamb, and the door can’t be installed until you put the jamb out. So we have to wait another month for that extension jamb. Unfortunately, the first thing that needs to go in to the sunroom is the door. 

But in the interest of feeling like we are making progress, we will be putting in these front windows today. It’ll be nice to get some daylight in here.

Last time, we finalized our rough openings. Originally, Donavan framed these windows out to be oversized, because we didn’t have the final layout for our cabinets. Now we have those measurements, and Donavan fine tuned the rough openings. 

First we have to get the exterior prepped for the windows.

Oh wow, look at this! It’s a lot of window.

Now we can set the center window, which fits!  

Donavan is laying down the flex wrap on the sills. 

After getting it centered in the frame, it’s ready to be installed. 

Then we got the flanking windows on, and suddenly we have a lot more daylight in here. 

It is now the next morning, and we are having some beautiful weather for once. Today we are working on what we’re calling the sideboard edition. This is the current kitchen window, and the kitchen sink is right behind this wall. We’re coming out 18 inches to create a little pocket area for a sideboard in the dining room to get that piece of furniture in its own little spot. This way we maintain circulation space around the table, even though the room is kind of not particularly large.

We’re going to put it on a new floor on here and make another little addition to the house. We opted to use the foam board because it’s going to be a little bit easier to insulate, rather than having the spray foam guys come up underneath this future deck. By the time we get to the spray foam stage, this will probably be a fully enclosed space, and getting under here would not be fun.

We have 14 inches of floor to stand on when it comes time to set the windows. Going to be a tight fit.

We’ve made the cavity for where our post will go for the header, but we can’t place it yet because there’s some wiring in the way. So, we’ll put another header up here for now. 

After getting the header on, Donavan framed the walls. There are two windows and a little bump out here. This will be enough room for the sideboard to live, and the existing wall will just go away. 

So next up is putting up the sheeting, and then the framing is done for this little bump out addition.

And that takes care of the dining room bump out – a custom room for a one of a kind piece of furniture. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost four years since I’ve built that thing. If you haven’t seen that build, I’ll leave you a link to that. It is also one of my classes over in the Guild. 

But as excited as I am for that bump out, I’m more excited about these windows. These windows face west, so we’ll have a really nice sunset view in the evenings while doing dishes.  

That is going to do it for this one. Thank you as always for watching, I greatly appreciate it! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a comment. As always, I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have. And until next time, happy woodworking.

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