Seth & Allison's Kitchen: New Windows!

Renovation Diary

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Name: Seth & Allison 
Type of Project: Kitchen/Family Room renovation 
Location: Ventura, California 
Type of building: Mid-Century, multi-level, single family home

The Renovation Diaries are a new collaboration with our community in which we feature your step by step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style.

This week we installed new aluminum windows and sliding doors from Western Windows Systems. (Helpful hint: it turns out window lead time is about two months since each window is custom made for the specific job.)

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Some of the existing windows before we took them out. The existing slider was a three-panel door with the two outside panels remaining fixed. Below: New windows above the sink and in the family room, with the old slider removed.

To save on labor costs, Seth did all the prep work for the new windows. This involved numerous days spent with a pneumatic chisel, removing stucco from around all of the existing windows. There was also some new framing involved in order to change sizes and locations of the windows in the kitchen.

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We had to relocate an electrical subpanel; the original was positioned right in the middle of this new bay of windows. These new windows are a mixture of casement and awning style to get the best airflow through the kitchen.

Once the windows arrived on site, Seth helped our contractor set each window in place. It took about a day and a half to install windows throughout the house, including in the kitchen, and then an entire day was dedicated just to the pocket door. This was because of the complexity of framing up a new non-structural wall for it to fit into and because our contractor had never installed this type of door before. 

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Multi-slide pocket door installed. The new door actually sits on the interior of the framing of the house to allow for the panels to disappear into a non-structural wall.

Each panel of the pocket door weighs about 200 pounds, but because of the oversized three-inch rollers that carry the weight, we’re happy to see that the panels glide effortlessly compared to most vinyl sliding doors that we’ve used. Living in Southern California, where the average year round temperature is in the mid-60s, we look forward to taking advantage of the indoor/outdoor feel of the new space provided by the pocket door.

We ended the week by having the whole house insulated (batt in all easily accessible open framing, and blown-in to all exterior walls). Since we knew we were going to have a lot of drywall work done, we figured we might as well drill through all the drywall on the exterior walls to make sure the whole house would be as energy efficient as possible.

Estimated time for project: 8 weeks/two months
Time remaining: 4 weeks

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for #8 of Seth & Allison's Diary.

(Images & Diary Text: Alllison Gibson)

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