Installing Pella Windows

July 2005
Aug 2005
Nov 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
May 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Oct 2006
Back Porch
Pecan Tree
Kitchen 1
Kitchen 2
Kitchen 3
Dig Footers
Build Foundation
Filling an Antique Septic Tank
Floor Joists
Framing Day 1
Framing Day 2
Framing Day 3
Framing Day 4
New windows
Sewer Line
Water Line
West Wall
East Wall
South Wall-West Gable
Front Door
New East Wall
New West Wall
New North Wall
Last New Wall
Front Porch

Pella windows were ordered because they had the closest profile to the original windows and also we could get a green finish which matched our color scheme. We shopped around for windows to match our 7-foot tall two-over-two windows. (Two panes of glass in an upper sash and two panes of glass in a lower sash.) Windows available at the local hardware store did not come in this configuration. We opted for the one-over-one windows instead of the more modern multipane colonial windows. Jim had used Pella windows in previous building projects and liked their quality.

We ordered the windows in March after the openings were framed to the correct size and just before we headed back north again. The windows came in and our cellphone began collecting messages wondering if we were ever going to pick them up. (Since our cell doesn't work a the brown house, we were unaware of the notices.) Our first order of business in May 2006 was to collect our new windows.

We opted for three separate windows rather than one large unit, because the installation crew (Jim and Elizabeth) was only able to move one six foot window at a time. Pella windows have nice wood interior finishes which would match the rest of the house. In the image above, Elizabeth applies a sticky tape around the windows which seals the openings to keep out both air and water.

One of our kitchen windows was installed in the opening of the original kitchen window. The second window (toward the rear of the house) was added to bring more light into the kitchen. The windows look out at a nice dogwood tree where we watched the antics of local squirrels and bird nest-building.

Here can be seen how we left clapboards extend onto the new addition so joints would not all occur in a vertical line. This was an attempt to camouflage the place where new met old.