Sunday, June 19, 2011

Huge Home Improvement

The hated living room window in my home in St. Albans is gone and a beautiful new glass wall has taken it's place.  You can see the before and after photos in this post.

It's so nice to be able to actually look outside. And the removal of the old window revealed yet another example of how scary the previous own of this house was.
The old, ugly window in the living room of my
St. Albans, Vt. house.

The previous owner did everything wrong with this house. Pipes leaked, the electrical system he installed was a major fire waiting to happen and there were other issues to list. Some do it yourselfers should not do it themselves.

The old window's seals were broken. They were always foggy with condensation, and the woodwork was rotting. We had plenty of company in the house with carpenter ants skittering around. Carpenter ants aren't my friends.

Turns out the old window practically had no supports. No woodwork supported the roof over the window. So unbeknownst to me, I could have had a nice little roof cave in above the edge of the living room.
The new doors and windows in my living room, leading to
the back deck. FInish work needs to be completed.

That would have livened up a party, or a cold relaxing winter's night, huh?

The new windows make this modest box of a ranch house look like a palace. It consists of double sliding glass doors leading out to the back deck, with almost floor to ceiling windows on either side of the doors.

Credit Jeff for his design sensibilities for coming up with this concept. This time of year, especially, the wide view of the deck out the windows makes it look like I'm looking out into another, beautiful room in the house.

Finish work has to be done, of course. But I first saw the new windows and doors, I felt like one of those people on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" who have their scary falling-apart house torn down and replaced by something really cool.

Jeff oversaw the whole project, so huge kudos to him. I wonder where he got all his patience?

1 comment:

  1. Having le privilège of seeing it first-hand I can honestly say it is STUNNING!!!