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Those in glass houses

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Floor-to-ceiling windows were a part of our home's original design, very similar to, if not exactly as they are in this picture below of a home like ours in Better Homes & Gardens 1953.

Sometime in the mid 1960s, they were replaced with a more traditional style: four small windows about 24" shorter than the originals. And we think they were homemade windows to boot.

Needless to say, we were itching to restore one of the coolest parts of our home.

Once the original rough openings were demoed, new construction could begin.

The new windows are 68" x 78", which means they're kind of a bear to work with. Luckily, we had some skilled help.

Two huge windows weren't enough for us, and if you remember our Photoshop comp we wanted to add a third in the front bedroom on the other side of the front door.

Doing so meant we had to take out most of the framing and two small windows in that room, but the result is a massive improvement for what will serve as our future music studio/beat laboratory/inspiration station.

With all three windows in, we moved on to sealing the house back up, which meant reusing the original redwood siding. 50 years of wear and tear had done a number on some of the pieces, causing them to crack and split as we screwed them back in, so finishing this part of the process took several weekends. We even had to steal some redwood from the storage sheds in our carport.

Now that the windows are finished and the house is sealed tight, this should be not only a huge improvement on the look of the house but also a big energy saver. These puppies are Low-E tempered glass, compare to the single-pane windows that were here when we moved in.

More than five weekends in the making
, here's phase 1 of our new front elevation:

The change created a little buzz in our 'hood. A neighbor who's been here since the early 60s said, "That's how I remember this place back in 1964." He couldn't have given us a bigger compliment.

And Lucy clearly thinks the windows were installed just for her benefit. She loves that she no longer has to jump on something to see out the window. Now you can't pry her away.

Next step is to rescue the house from the ugly maroon stain/paint. Stay tuned for that.




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