New windows et alia

New window with trim (still need to paint the caulk in the corners)

New window with trim (still need to paint the caulk in the corners)
The siding overlapped the old window

The siding overlapped the old window
Rob removes the middle part of the old window frame

Rob removes the middle part of the old window frame

When Dave and Ellen came to visit Spencer several weeks ago, we found some time to tackle a few home improvement projects when we weren’t playing with the boy. Clare and I bought new windows for the whole house a few months ago. All but 2 of the current windows are original, and are not very well insulated. After a fair amount of deliberation, we decided to go with the Pella vinyl sliders from Lowe’s. They get pretty good reviews, and they are relatively inexpensive. I really wanted to get wood casement windows, because they look nicer, and seal even better than sliders, but it would have been about $1000 per window for the casements, and the vinyl sliders were only about $150 each. We also considered having Lowe’s install the windows, but they wanted $238 per window, so we decided to give it a try ourselves, and if we totally messed up, we figured we could always hire a handy man (probably for less than $238 per window). We bought the windows at the same time we bought the materials for the kitchen countertop, since Lowe’s has a flat fee for delivery. Also, in case you haven’t heard, you can get a tax deduction for installing energy efficient windows (and furnaces and other stuff). Save your receipts.
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