Rainy Rain

Naturally, as soon as the roofers showed up a weather system rolled in and started to dump what they say will be an inch of rain on us. (Stop laughing, that's a lot of rain for this coastal desert.)

Fortunately, our new windows were installed in the existing spots:

New windows

I went by the house this morning to check things out and there they were. Boom, just like that. The replacement sashes were made and installed by Hansen Windows of Oakland. They've been really good to work with.

New windows look great

With the original weights and new cords and everything. I did not get the authentic-looking glass; it didn't seem worth it and I don't like replacing something old with something new made to look old. It just feels dishonest to me.

What you may notice in those pictures is that the walls are down in the parlours:

Removed walls

When we talked insulation with the contractor I asked him to do this so we could replace the fiberglass insulation with closed-cell foam that will stay dry no matter how much water gets in the walls. This rain gave him an excellent example of what I was talking about when I said water runs down the back of the siding; he had not seen that before.

The real reason I went to the house was to see this in daylight:

Testing out paint

I really like the red, the white for the trim works just fine, and I asked them to try a slightly darker gray for the stairs. The body of the house is staying the same colour, Benjamin Moore Sidewalk Gray.

posted by ayse on 12/09/16


What is the characteristic of the old glass - was it wavy?

Yes, the old glass was floated on a pool of molten tin, and the process made little waves through the whole pane. Modern glass is more perfectly flat because they've refined the process. You can buy glass made in the old way with the waves, but getting it built into a double-paned window is kind of expensive and the only reason you'd do it is for the look.

I like to think Mr Holt would have chosen the flatter, clearer glass had it been available to him.

I think you are right about the glass. If you were replacing a broken single pane it may make sense, but replacing whole sash and installing double pane glass seems right to use flat glass.
If flat glass were available when your house was built for same price the builder would have used flat glass.
Love seeing your progress.

Paint and windows are at the top of our list. What do we need to know?

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