Sunday, May 2, 2010

Reviving the Sun Porch

One of the greatest features of the classic English Tudor we're working on is this beautiful enclosed sun porch.  The vintage bi-fold windows accordion and all slide to one side of the room, making the room feel like it's inside the cedar tree.
Unfortunately, the 90 year old windows were allowing water to get inside the walls and rot the structural posts, as well as rotting the window sashes and sills.
We had window companies look at replacing them, but no one was sure about how to rebuild these windows and have them function in the same way.  The prices were incredibly high.  We developed a plan to rebuild the windows ourselves.  We had ASAP Custom Windows make the new wooden window sashes, then our guys carefully took apart the jambs piece by piece and milled new parts to the exact sizes of the old that would work with the antique hardware.
 
It was a very technical and complicated project that was great for the house.  The sun porch is still bright and airy, the new bi-fold windows are solid with proper flashing, and they function better than ever! 

11 comments:

brismod said...

Those windows are gorgeous!

BeeHive said...

We're working on our sun porch today too! Your windows are beautiful, so unique. We bought replacements from JeldWen, which should be here on Tuesday. Ours weren't worth saving though; it took a hammer and lots of banging just to get a few panes open so we could have a little fresh air while we painted today.

Shiloe Bear said...

Thanks Brismod!

Beehive, good luck with your JeldWens. Post a photo when they're in!

Cindy said...

These look great- so there is hope for my 1918 windows after all??

Geno said...

These turned out great! And having your crew do the work was a good idea.
Do you know about how much was saved by having your guys do the job as opposed to ordering the custom windows?

Shiloe Bear said...

Cindy, there is definitely hope for your 1918 windows... these are from the same era and they look and work great!

Geno, we saved about 15k by having our crew do the job -- and the guys had a blast building them!

Eliot said...

Nice. Looks like a very sunny room. It would be great if in thirty years, technicians could take me apart and mill new pieces to stop me from leaking and rotting my sills.

SMU Cox Web Site said...

I love your blog name. That's really good! I'm hoping you might be able to steer me to someone who makes period look-alike windows for an 1870's Queen Anne.

Ethan said...

I'm a big fan of how your sun room looks. Great job. I just got my sunroom renovated with a company in Tennessee named RSU Contractors and they turned out some beautiful work too. You might get some ideas for other restoration projects. I included their website here:
http://rsucontractors.com/
Looking forward to checking out more of your home improvement pictures!

Amy said...

Those windows are fantastic! So glad you were able to save them!

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