The plan: Reside the back of the house
When we pulled out the old sliding glass door and closed off the opening in the kitchen, it left a hole in our outside siding.
We didn’t install more siding right away because we knew that just a few feet away from this gap we would be pulling out the dining room window and replacing it with French doors.
That would require another patch job with siding.
Once the French doors were in, we decided to pull the siding off of the whole backside of the house. This would ensure that the new siding would not look like a patch and it would allow us to put house wrap on the back of the house – which was something the builder neglected to do.
Gary’s parents decided to come down and help us with the project. We figured we could get all of the siding down and back up in one day. (Spoiler alert – that didn’t happen.)
A change in the plan
Once we pulled the siding off, we found that we exposed the apron for the window in the master bedroom that needed replaced. Gary then came up with the idea to replace the window while the siding was down because we wouldn’t have to purchase a custom replacement window. We could pull out the whole window and just install a new construction window.
I loved this idea! Last year we had received a quote of $1,000 to replace that window and I refused to pay that. But this way the window could be replace for less than $200.
Then I had to work up the nerve to tell Gary about my dream vision of installing another window in the bedroom.
Here’s the background for my vision: Our bedroom had two windows – the window in question which was a casement window that looked out onto the back yard and was situated on the left of the back wall.
It always bothered me that the window was off-center. The seal was also broken on the window making it foggy and causing it to collect a lot of condensation which was leading to damage and mold if I didn’t clean often enough.
The other window is a double-hung on the side wall. This is the one that we put our air conditioner in during the summer, but then we lose our ability to create a cross-breeze by opening the windows. I hate using the air conditioner if it’s nice outside, but without a cross-breeze, you can’t cool the room off.
My dream solution was to take out the casement window, replace it with a smaller double-hung and install a second double-hung window on the other side of the bed. It would balance the room and it would provide another window for a cross-breeze in the summer.
I wish I had a picture of Gary’s face when I first told him my “amazing” idea. He was stunned into silence for a moment. Finally he uttered “oh.”
He started to see the vision after a second description of what I wanted to do and why.
“Why didn’t you tell me this plan before?” he asked.
“Because it was my dream vision that I never thought we would be able to do,” I told him.
But pulling off the siding made it a lot more feasible.
Let’s do it
A quick trip to Lowe’s and we found two double-hung windows (for less than a third of what it would have cost to have a custom replacement window made).
I framed out the spots for the new windows and by the end of the day, they were in.
I measured out the placement of the new window planning for a new closet. Read about that here.
I also left enough room to fit our queen bed between the windows.
The siding on the other hand, is still lying in the backyard as we await warmer weather. (FYI: Siding should be installed when the temperature is above 40 degrees otherwise it can break.)