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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 8/23/2010

Okay, maybe that's a bit much but it ain't far off... today we got the main living-room-area window installed and it's awesome!

In and around the stucco guys and the stair guys were the framers, and their primary task today was to install the long-awaited octagonal window in the living room. It took several of them to get it done, mostly because a 4-foot wide mostly-round doubled-paned window is fairly heavy.

Installation itself was fairly simple. Since they only had one shot at getting this right--the window had to be centered above the door a couple of different ways--they took a lot of measurements and checked the level of just about every piece of wood around that end of the roof before they cut anything. I highly approved of this of course, since it's damnably hard to put wood back once you've cut it. After they did this the cut itself was fairly anti-climatic--zip! zip! zip! And there was a nice big hole right there where the window was to go. They handle a reciprocating saw way better than I do, that's for sure.

After that putting in the window was fairly quick. Colleen says she was really amazed at how the window "opened up" the room--until it was installed, she had been feeling quasi-indifferent towards the window in the first place, thinking that it wasn't needed with the large windows flanking either side of the room. Once there, however, she said "it just makes the place!" and judging from the pictures, I tend to agree. My only disappointment is that she didn't take a picture of the living room once the window was all installed and such--I'll have to add that later.

An awesome step forward!

Steven in Colorado Springs


The window rests in the room as the crew get ready to begin the installation.
Measuring before the cut.
The hole's all cut and they're looking at the smoothing prior to bringing up the window.
The window has been hoisted up to the opening on the ever-useful scaffolding that the stucco guys put up.
More measuring, and checking, and measuring...
Levering the window into place...
Checking the fit.
Looking good! He's way up there though, isn't he?
Closeup of the window. That red blotch you can see is a label on the protective film over the window.
Here you can see the framing of the window they did to bring it out flush with where the drywall will go.
Finishing up the level along the bottom of the window.
Very nice... frames that tree very well, doesn't it?

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