Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Marvin's in the House

Hello, peeps.  My new Marvin windows were installed today.  If you were following last spring when I started from scratch with my living room, you may remember this shot of the living room just after I painted it.  The two windows on the left are on the front of the house and they're being expanded down to the baseboard.

The old vinyl replacements windows easily popped out of the frames....

...and the frames were quick to follow.  The window sills are quite chunky - not something you can buy today - so they're going to be used to replace two rotten sills on the garden side.  The new windows have their own but they're really thin so we're going to add an additional piece underneath them so they match all the others.

Sam is cutting the window openings back.  You can see the baseboard cap has been removed.  The new interior window sill, or stool I'm told it's called, will sit right on the baseboard. 

Both openings are enlarged.  Here you also get a first glimpse of the new skirt under the porch.  It just needs a little more trim work.

The top of the old windows were slightly lower than the top of the door so Jerad is installing new headers at the top and bottom so everything lines up along the top.

One down, one to go.

And here they are.  You can also see that the beadboard ceiling is installed.

Here they are from the inside.  The window casings no longer fit so I need to get new ones.  I couldn't find a stock casing that's anywhere close to my original 1842 casings BUT I looked through the catalog of a local millwright and found a blade for a casing that someone else had made that's VERY close.  Not exact but close enough that it's acceptable to me.  

So I can place a custom order for enough casings for these two windows and the front door for about $150 more than stock casings that wouldn't match.  I think that's an extra cost that makes sense.  

And here's what the house looks like from across the street.

For the first time, it looks like a Greek Revival to me.


  1. Milestone! Looks great...congrats!

  2. STEVE! Love the new Marvin windows! What a huge difference - love the longer length and the nine over nine style. GORGEOUS! So exciting, you must be really happy to see things coming together!

  3. I just got kicked off so I don't know if you got my comment?
    Anyway, I LOVE the symmetry of the all the windows especially how the lower ones match the front door. And, I LOVE the panes!
    It is looking very Greek Revival now and I can hardly wait to see what it looks like with the columns up. It really has a classic look to it - you've done such a wonderful job with all your choices.
    It even looks like you still have room for a front garden.

    It's little, but the wider steps make all the difference to me.

    Where did you get the idea for the porch apron? Around here, typically you see the lattice type apron like my house has, but I would love to have something more traditional looking like what you've chosen.

  4. steve, i'm so proud of your house and you too. it looks so freaking good. i know you will sleep better knowing all these little measurement things get attended to. and i know they are going to make a difference when it is all done. all your hard work is paying off.


    ps ~ sorry about the almond milk.

  5. Everything looks so great! I especially love the new windows. You have a great guy doing the work, he seems really into the details. It's rare to find someone like that these days. I can't wait to see it finished.

  6. How exciting! It looks amazing. Congrats!

  7. I really like the dark windows! They are going to be phenominal with your paint choices. The longer windows are amazing, I think your house loves them! There's a houses I drive by in Wrentham that has those long windows, and I just love them! Kind of a New Orleans look. The skirting has such a solid, been there since day one, look. Aren't you amazed at how all your choices are turning out. You really should pat yourself on the back.

  8. Beautiful. The larger windows make a huge difference!

  9. What a difference! The new windows look amazing.

  10. omg,omg,omg!!! Wow- they look Fabulous!!!
    And the "skirt" looks great too!

    Yay for huge progress!


  11. Dear Steve, is that you I can see jumping up and down with delight on the sidewalk? If not, you should be!
    This blog is getting very exciting!

    R and P.

  12. Wow this is exciting! Looks fantastic! I love your blog :)

  13. You are doing an incredible job here! I am enamored with all your attention to detail and proportion. How excited you must be that is is all coming together after months of planning and work. I am happy for you, Steve.

  14. Thanks Peggy G and Danielle Oakey for stopping by! Steve

  15. Absolutely beautiful! Love the ceiling, too. karin

  16. Wonderful windows they remind me of all the vintage houses in the South. Quite beautiful. Light is such an important element in a home and is often overlooked. Good job!

  17. I love your new windows, what a difference a little more glass can make! So glad I found your blog so that I can watch your progress on this beautiful old home!

    Kat :)

  18. The windows look wonderful. We have Marvins, too, and the quality is great.

  19. omg this is exciting!!!! comin' down the home stretch!!!