Thursday, April 24, 2008

Ongoing Home Improvements

I know what you're thinking. What's with the boring picture of some stupid shutters? And you would be right...it is a boring picture. But let me tell you a little story about those shutters. The space in my home that is in the above picture has been through a lot in the past few days.

On the other side of those shutters is my ugly ass kitchen. The picture was taken from the family room. Everything on the family room side of the shutters is an addition that was added on to the house about ten years ago. Up until about five days ago, there used to be a window where there are now shutters. This window made sense ten years ago, when the kitchen looked out into the backyard. But now that it looks out into my family room, a window just seemed stupid and looked ugly. I've been wanting to do something about that window for a while but there were always more important things to be taken care of. Actually, there are still more important things to be taken care of. We just couldn't stand that window any longer.

Everyone we talked to said that removing a window is a breeze. We even had a fancy schmancy window guy* come out a few months back for an unrelated reason and he said that there are anywhere from 6-10 screws in the window frame, remove them and then out pops your window. Easy enough. Except of course, that the window is in our monster house where nothing is ever easy.

As Jay began the project, he soon learned that when the addition was built, the builder drywalled over the window frame. The frame couldn't just be popped out, because it was now in between two walls of our house. Jay had to remove hunks of our walls to get to the window, which then had to be cut out. Then he had to repair the wall, build a window sill, paint it, and then he could install the shutters.

A project we thought would take maybe a day, ended up taking almost a week to complete. But it was definitely worth it. I keep the shutters closed so that I don't have to look into ugly ass kitchen from the family room. Plus, if the sunlight hits them just right, I can sort of pretend I live in a beach house in the Hamptons. Sort of.

*When fancy schmancy window guy came out we were toying with the idea of replacing all the windows in the house with energy efficient ones. I naively thought this would cost about $1000 at the most. My number was off by about $10,000. Fancy schmancy window guy was sent on his merry way.

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