Scott Grice chose a career in carpentry when he discovered that his bachelor’s degree in philosophy wasn’t too marketable. Scott now runs his own construction company specializing in fences, decks, and porches. Scott also has a major renovation under way at his own house, a beautiful bungalow that’s gaining a full basement.
For this video series, we dive into the world of remodeling on site in Portland, Oregon.
Aesthetically, old windows have charm to spare. Functionally, they are not so charming. Old windows may not operate smoothly. They might as well be open for the amount of cold air they let in. And each chip of paint is a potential morsel of lead poisoning for any kid, cat, or dog that happens to wander by.
Replacing a window is a basic project best tackled in steps that include measuring for and ordering a new window, taking out the old window, blocking and furring the rough opening, flashing the opening, setting and securing the window, applying the exterior trim, and applying the interior trim
When replacing a window, Scott chooses a unit that balances energy-efficient features with historic charm. For this job, Scott chose a wood window because it matches the rest of the windows in the house. For a situation like this, Scott orders windows without the trim or sill attached so that he can apply custom trim that matches the house.
Remodeling is messy, so when tackling a project like this, Scott works hard to keep the scope of the project limited. Most important is to size the window so that the existing siding won’t have to be cut back. This means the new window plus the trim will fit exactly into the space left by the old siding.
Also, when Scott gets down to installation, he makes sure the new window will fit in the opening the way it’s supposed to before he removes the old window. It’s not charming to have a piece of plywood covering a hole in the wall for six weeks while waiting for the new window to arrive.
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