This part of the house was in wretched condition when we bought it. A window had been removed, and the hole filled with fiberglass insulation covered with a piece of plywood. The rotted built-in gutter and leaking downspout were pouring directly into the hole, which made a lovely spongy home for a colony of carpenter ants. On the interior, this space had been walled off from the rest of the bedroom to form a kitchen of sorts, with a collapsing drop ceiling and a nice 50's steel sink cabinet that had never been installed.
|and yes, they removed tile to build that wall...|
|braving the plywood and temporary tar paper|
We have no idea why this window was removed, although I did pull out pieces of broken glass from under the floorboards - our best guess is that it's one of the windows used to fill in the doorway and stained glass window in the original entry from when the house was divided and the entry moved. We think the other window in the entry came from our office - which has a little wood replacement window. When we restore the entry we'll move the two windows in there to these two spots - for now I'll count my blessings that I found a used replacement window with the perfect dimensions at the Habitat Restore for $15. While I'm usually the first to expound on the evils of vinyl, there's a time and a place for everything.
When we installed the window we jerry-rigged a new sill and trim that will be replaced when we re-install the correct window. Since the restored window will be slightly different dimensions, it didn't make much sense to spend too much time or money on it. Same goes for the cedar shingles, we replaced what we had to when we put in the window, but the rest are at the end of their lifespan and will get dealt with later.
None of this had been painted, caulked, stained or primed though, so three years later I conned the flying monkey into helping me set up some scaffolding. Convincing him wasn't too hard being that water was making it's way in through the un-caulked window. Half a tube of Sika-flex bronze later, this section of the house is water tight (why can't they make a brick color though!). Many hours of scraping, sanding and filling later and I was able to prime everything, although it wasn't until yesterday that I actually got paint up.
|the flashing had to be re-glued and clamped|
|primed, stained and caulked|
|two months for 15 feet of trim...|
|from the inside, just need to finish plastering|