It has been a long week of a lot of hard work. As I had mentioned in previous posts one of our projects has been the restoration of the landing window in the staircase area. When the house was first built there was a large window that faced the wall when the house had the curved staircase. Some time during the many additions and remodels that original staircase was taken out and a stair/landing/stair set put in it’s place. We think it was when the addition was added between the house and summer kitchen but it could have been done as a response to house being built next door. In any event they had left the framed opening and had added some 2x4’s and sided the outside and plastered the inside so we know this was closed up years ago. Of course thanks to metal thieves, who had opened up this area up, presumably looking for pipes we saw this opening was there.
We decided since we had an unusually warm period now was the time to do it, but it involves a lot of preparation. These windows have to have a wood frame around them because of the wall depth and we constructed a frame for this. Even at that we will still need to do some jam extensions in order to for the proper exterior trim to be installed and I took some careful measurements and will be milling the extensions and the frame on the outside which like the original windows is a 2x2 milled trim because this house has shutters on most windows. Now because this is a prominent window it may have has a larger top trim (indicated by the siding cuts) and we plan on doing this, as it appears historically appropriate. The best time to paint the outside is while the window is on the ground and we painted it prior to install and did extensive caulking of any place two pieces of wood meet.