|October 15th... Plenty of time.|
Come Monday and the forecast didn't looks as great as it had. Tuesday still looked great, high 60° and clear. Wednesday high 40° and rain. Wednesday night, we had our first winter storm warning - 6" snow. So Tuesday was it, with a rainy buffer on Wednesday.
So we ran around like crazy yesterday. And of course, there's no pictures when you're running around like crazy. My Mom came over and took care of the kids, made us food, and :::loving sigh of appreciation::: cleaned our neglected kitchen
Jon got most of the siding up by himself while I made the window frame. The frame is made of PVC, just like the other windows we've installed. We used a trim from the stealth line from Versitex. we picked the middle profile in the image below. It has opening for the window flange on one side and one side and d something like an integrated 'j-channel' on the other.
I used the historic sill, at the bottom , also PVC by Versitex. Like the other windows, I beveled the side edges to match the front. Again, a bit of time consuming detail, but I think it looks much nicer that way.
I did prepaint the siding for all other other frames... but I skipped that for this one. Next year, I'll paint it. It's just for protection anyway, it's very close to the same white the PVC came in.
|Actually the frame from the boy's room. Nearly identical though.|
Once that was all done and we had dinner, it was dark and around 8PM..... and we still had to get the pump jacks down. One of the poles had gotten pretty worn, and we did have some trouble getting one side down. Still a few hours later Jon and I had managed getting the jacks and platform off, and poles down, and the last pieces of siding that was off (for the pump jack stands) was put back on. We decided it was time for the poles to be retired, since they were getting worn, and we don't have an immediate plans for them in the future (can I get a whoo-hoo?)... so we chopped them up and brought them in the house. We fixed some other siding issues we had noticed, and then called it a night.
It was a wonderful feeling. We worked hard, and I was cold and tired, but our house was all set for winter. Added bonus, my kitchen looked better than it had in months. My Mom even took out the trash, recycling, swept everywhere, did every dish and cleaned the stove top until it was sparkling. I didn't even want to leave the kitchen, so I sat there enjoyed some hot cocoa and checked my email... which contained another weather advisory. Now the storm was to start at 10AM, with more snow predicted.
I feel so relieved. Just for fun, here's the progression of that side of the house.
I snapped this picture at 10 this morning, when I went out to collect our garden pots to put the shed (and get all the shovels). Such a pretty new window.... And I'm so glad being on a ladder 20 feet up isn't in my near future anymore.
But here's the real kicker. This is just 30 minutes after that last picture.
And then 2 hours after that. Boy did we cut it close.
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your snow!