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.
Replacing our home’s windows was a top priority when we bought our house – almost 3 years ago (yes, we are still at it).
We decided to install all new construction windows but, save some greens by installing them ourselves. Well, where does one start with installing new windows? By removing the old ones first. This is how to do it!
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!
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!
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 finally have a finished accent wall in our living room. Way back in July, I took the living room by storm and painted every wall. Every wall except the accent wall that is facing the sofa. For months, we sported a quirky and totally artsy wall, decorated with…paint swatches.