The windows were old. It seemed that no matter what we did we couldn’t make them both energy efficient and look good. Or, for that matter, we couldn’t do either of them. We could literally feel the breeze coming through them in the winter. That was really fun for our oil bill.
The plan was for Coastal Windows & Exteriors to install four replacement windows for us. We needed three in the living room and one in Drew’s room. Then, we asked them to tackle a bigger project and install a new construction window in the center of the second floor. Tell me that space is just crying out for a window! When I found out they were game I was ecstatic!
At 8am promptly our day began with a bang when Dillon, the amazing photographer and videographer for Coastal Windows & Exteriors, arrived. He set up his time lapse camera and I felt like I was on the set of HGTV. The day before I told AJ I was tempted to make Dillon a shirt that said HGTV so our neighbors would think we were practically celebrities. 🙂 Okay, I guess we aren’t even close to celebrities since we were putting our child to work carrying the trim boards. 🙂
Since we were about 100% certain the area contained lead (our house that was built WAY before 1978 when lead was outlawed) some real safety precautions needed to be taken. Rocky and Steve put up a safety perimeter around the window with plastic and then taped off any place where lead dust could escape.
Rocky then donned his hazmat suit and mask and went in to the plastic cave.
He disassembled the window like a machine. I’m not even joking. He was speedy and thorough and knew exactly what he was doing.
After the entire window was out the metal frame came off. Steve was Rocky’s right hand man through this and carted stuff away so it wouldn’t fall and damage the porch.
Next the trim was pulled off and toss into the trash bag. You can see Coastal’s “HGTV photographer” here in the side of the photo.
Good-bye noisy drafty windows with lead weights.
You won’t be missed.
While Rocky and Steve disassembled the window Tommy, the third window guru, got all the windows unloaded and ready for installation.
After the window was totally out the team built up the window frame with 2 x 4s. The old windows had thicker frames so there needed to be a little more oomph built into the studs before the window went in (how’s that for a technical description?).
After the windows were built up the team hung the window and nailed it into place. Tommy then took measurements and began cutting the clapboard to make room for the Azek trim work.
Whoo! One window is officially in!
The guys were fastidious about cleaning up because of potential lead dust. The HEPA vacuum was super strength (that’s not our HEPA house-hold vac, that’s for sure) and Steve made sure to use the wet Swiffer over each area after thoroughly vacuuming.
The second window went exactly like the first, just faster. They did the windows on the side of the house next so they could finish off the living room and move into Drew’s room.
Here is the contrast between the old and new window on the same wall. It’s hard to see the difference because of the lighting. Please keep in mind that we are going to have new drywall soon. And yes, we’ve lived with that horrible wallpapered and patched wall for over a year now. 🙂
Okay, here we are with all the windows in the living room and Drew’s room done… the guys were just about to start cutting for the middle window here.
The two new windows on the left side of our house are the best looking part of it. We need to get to work repainting this side of the house now that the front is nearly done!
One final shot of a finished window… such a difference from the second photo in the post today!
Come back tomorrow to see the windows in their new spaces… now that they aren’t disaster zones anymore.
We partnered with Coastal Windows & Exteriors for this project, but, as always, I will only give my own opinions. And for this project, my opinion of the Coastal Crew was dynamite. Rocky does maintenance on the side and we’re hiring him to do some drywall work. That’s how much I liked him and his crew. Coastal hires great people who do quality work.
We are so grateful to Coastal Windows & Exteriors for the incredible work their team did installing our widows. They were incredibly knowledgeable about a lead-safe removal and we felt completely safe with their procedure for removing the windows. We would heartily recommend them to anyone wanting new or replacement windows (or roofing, doors or siding for that matter!). Because we’ve had a great experience with Coastal Windows & Exteriors we recommend downloading this Contractor Standards Guide that they’ve published. Coastal Windows & Exteriors has made it obvious to AJ and I that they know how to quickly and efficiently get a job done and they are offering tips in this guide for how to find contractors who have a similar high standard for the work they do. Click HERE to download this free guide. It has loads of useful info to help you to choose someone you will rave about in the future.
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