The Carriage House Windows Part 1

The Carriage House/ Garage has been the long neglected sibling of the main house. However there is a plus side to this. The Carriage house held a few remnants of the past that previous owners have left for us.

She has seen better days but, she could be in alot worse shape.

They left us the original kitchen sink! I will have to find a way to use it in the renovations/restorations. It will need to be cleaned up and reglazed.

These are the original gutters! When we replace our gutters I plan on getting something similar to this.

However one of the biggest issues we have currently is replacing the old windows on the carriage house. Our budget is beyond tight right now and the quote to replace all the windows was close to $1800. Gasp! I understand how important windows are but $1800 is more than we can afford and these windows need to be replaced ASAP. I’ll let these photos speak for themselves.

Dry Rot, missing mullions, and cracked glass. Oh my! I think the previous young residents may have been shooting a bebe gun nearby as we have what looks like bullet holes.
Major Rot, one missing mullion, and two missing panes of glass.
One missing mullion, one broken glass, and someone did a repair with a large piece plexie glass.
Hidden Rot!

Yeah. We all together we have broken glass, missing glass, wood rot, missing mullions, and none of these windows open. However as usual when we get stuck in a hard place it was Aunt Suzy to the rescue! Aunt Suzy loves restoring old windows and has a rather unorthodox way of finding ways to salvage material, save money, and make it not feel like work. I would say she is a DIY Mary Poppins sans singing and magical powers. Though the last missing quality is up for debate. Three windows are in really bad shape and I don’t think they will last the winter so we will start with those.

We had to first remove the Rot and layers of old paint.

Aunt Suzy has a creative mind that I can appreciate. She is all about saving what we can and saving every penny. So while the sill had dry rot in some spots, Aunt Suzy simply removed the bad bits and replaced with bondo. Now the architect in me shivers at this but the frugal home owner in me rejoices at saving some money.

Rotten!
Tada like new!

Now I know this isn’t what I had in mind when doing a restoration but hear me out. I am not a carpenter but I am getting better. Thus trying to replace every rotten thing with new wood is beyond me. The second thing is that the carriage house will never be a finished space. Trying to make the place thermally insulated is not a possibility without spending major amounts of money. So I chose to look at this way. Am I improving the carriage house? Yes. Am I insuring that there will be less damage to the structure in the future? Yes. Am I improving the properties value? Yes. Am I respecting the historic nature of the carriage house? Yes.

Sara decided to lend a hand.
The dry fit looks good!

Add a little paint. I don’t understand why they didn’t paint the trim a different color from the rest of the house. It pops so much better.

Now for the glass. If any of the old antique glass was available we used it. I love seeing the imperfections and waves.

Yeah. So much better. Two more windows to go!

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