Installing a New Construction Window

Installing a New Construction Window

Installing a new window can be as simple as: remove old window, add new window in existing hole, make sure it’s plumb and level, install new trim inside out (don’t forget to add a drip cap), caulk, done.

But, if you hadn’t noticed it in our window blinds turned serving tray craft, we really like to make our tutorials exhausting exhaustive.

Brace yourselves and let’s get to it!

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Our Living Room is Surprising Us (well…me at least)

Our Living Room is Surprising Us (well…me at least)

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How did I end up with dark teal, mustard, aqua and chartreuse (though depending on the light you might argue it’s green) mixed together in one room? No, really: how?

Our living room is progressing, it has come a long way from where it started, albeit it is not finished and it has a mind of its own.

Come in, have a look – and don’t bother picking the child toys, they’ll be back in seconds.

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Adding Half Shelves in our Kitchen Cabinet (for cheap)

 

DIY elevated half shelves, kitchen cabinet storage, post by TwoPlusCute

I often brainstorm – that is I think hard and then get a headache – on how to keep our home as clean as I had kept our old apartment. With any number of young kids, it becomes a challenge to have a bath, let alone to keep a house tidy.

My big plan so far is threefold: training our toddler to pick her stuff (which is – surprisingly – working), persuading hubby to pick his stuff (which is – surprisingly? – not working so well) and adding practical storage. Starting with the main kitchen cabinet (and yes, our kitchen still looks like this – only messier).

We improved said cabinet by adding elevated, removable, half shelves and they made a huge difference in storage, convenience and accessibility!

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Mitigating the Heating Oil Smell in the Basement

Oil smell mitigation by TwoPlusCute

Down under (our floors) in the land of sawdust, spiderwebs and all things gloomy – yes, that’s our basement – there are a few challenges to overcome. One of them, is the smell. Especially the heating oil smell, off gassing its toxic fumes. Boy, oh boy, every time I opened the door to the basement I had to brace myself.

We tried airing the basement, through its bulkhead and window, using fans to direct the air out. Circulating the air – while a must – had a minimal effect. Let’s not forget that keeping the door open during the snowy New England long, long winters is not really an option. (For the record, I did try that – really tightens the skin and raises the heating bill.)

We had to come up with a way to mitigate that smell and we did so in the most frugal way imaginable!

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Adding a Drip Cap to Existing Windows

Adding a Drip Cap to Existing Windows

Flashing windows, adding aluminum drip edge, by TwoPlusCute

I would like to make some naughty yet intelligent pun about flashing windows but nothing comes to mind. Here is the thing: it rained. Inside the house. Well, it dripped to be exact. And made a small pool on the inside of the window. The brand new window that well, was missing a little something: a drip edge cap above the window.

There was a drip cap above the window. However, it had to be over the trim (or brick molding) that is over the window. Semantics one might say…

We immediately called the Newbie House Owners’ Support Line (in other words, we called my father in law) and after a close inspection, he found out we lacked the all important drip edge cap above the new windows. Which we had to install as soon as possible because, the weather was about to change for the much wetter.

We had two days.

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