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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 6/3/2010

In the couple of days since we first pondered this conundrum, Colleen built these window wells.

They are awesome. She did goodly. They are frick'in huge!

THESE are the window wells that Tanglewood was meant to have.

Didn't she do good?

There's still a bit of work to be done as these are really just the shells created by stacking and forming the ICF blocks. The wells don't have the reinforcing rebar installed yet, since that's going to involve a lot of bending and tying. Since the wells are cobbled together with mostly partial ICF blocks they need to have a lot of patches (or "scabs") before we pour so they don't spring a leak. Additionally, we'll need to apply a hammer-drill to attach some of the rebar into the main house so the window wells will be tied into the mass rather than float. This rebar won't have to go in very far--perhaps 6"--but it's an important step that will help avoid settling and cracking of the wells down the road. Once they're all done we'll mortar in some rocks to give them a nice, natural look that will fit Tanglewood perfectly.

But that's for the future. For now, just admire her handiwork.

Dang she did good!


Steven in Colorado Springs

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The window well outside the apartment bathroom. You can see Colleen putting a couple of finishing touches on the large window well in the background.
The large window well outside the apartment living room. This puppy is HUGE! We'll probably put a couple of terraces in here so flowers can be planted in here.
The window well outside the apartment kitchen. The curve is a nice touch, I think.
Different view of the large window well. Note the number of patches (plywood) we put on it, as well as the supporting rebar.
The large window well as seen from inside the apartment. Ignore the miscellaneous tools along the windowsill; building a house is messy work.


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