Upgrading windows and opening doors

Now that the new windows and doors were on site, and my brother was available for an extra long weekend, we started work in the sunroom. The first step was to rig up a tarp over the windows and deck so we would have a sheltered work area.

20131110-204457.jpg. Since we would be opening up the wall, we also needed to isolate the sunroom from the rest of the house, both to keep the inside cats inside and the outside cats outside, and slow down the weather. We built a plastic enclosure around the back side of the fridge, re- installed window sashes in the center window, and installed an exterior door (from Kevin!)

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With the site secure, we could start removing the existing windows. We started with the picture window – this was a salvaged window with a steel frame. We thought might have a use for the glass, so we took that out and set it aside.

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With the windows out, it was time to move the new door up to the deck. We put some planks on the stairs, and used a come-a-long, and some ropes to move the door upstairs.

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The sunroom is built on top of a porch roof, so there are two floors – before installing the door, we needed to reframe the wall and extend the floor.

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With a new floor, we added new wall framing and set the door in place.

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With the door in place, we started on the big window next to the door.

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Before we could close up the wall, we pulled in some power cable and flex conduit to allow for outdoor lights and services.

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After a visit from a furry inspector, we started on the upper windows. The wind was picking up, and really blowing the tarp around.

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But we finally got all of the transom windows installed, which really cuts down the wind inside!

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