Monday, March 28, 2011

Windows & the Annex

It was very exciting the day the windows started to go on the barn and just as I had hoped our contractors started on the end facing the road. That big window arrived in one piece and weighing in at 600 pounds it expands almost from beam to beam, big window! It had to be jacked up with six guys to lift it in place and with the guys all standing on something that’s only 22 inches wide holding something taller then them, trust me it was scary to watch. One little slip from anyone and the whole thing would have been rubbish on the ground. Of course my contractor didn’t put in the half round window next since that would have made me happy, it was a love/hate relationship…lol.

The back of the barn, you see that weather strip of copper and it looks like there are two overhangs off the roof, it’s because there are two overhangs the original roof and the new. When it came time for the guys to frame out the inside of the barn we noticed there wasn’t going to be enough room for even spray foam insulation between the rafters without hiding the rafters and we wanted to keep the rafters exposed since they’re so beautiful. So instead of insulting on the inside they insulated on the out. Meaning they ripped the shingles off the roof and basically built a roof on top of a roof so they could get enough insulation up. Shame I don’t have any pictures of that step because it was something to see.

The roof was change number one. We tried hard to stay with our original plan since changes can be very costly. This change was a weeks worth of labor for three guys and a new roof on the barn...get the idea?

Opposite end from the big window, this is the other side in the backyard. The window below is mister man’s workshop and second completed granite wall. Do you have any idea how hard I work to get our lawn that green and lush? No respect from the men I tell ya!

The front of our home, the barn is an ell off our home. The Annex is located to the left, you can see one small original window there.

Voile, finally the half round window went up! Talk about torture waiting!

An inside look, just look at that lush view!

Opposite end from the wall of windows.

Our contractors also started framing out the annex, the room right off the barn, and placing two small walls that had been torn out but then I noticed see that door, it leads into mister mans office and when you come through it you see the French doors. Or I should say door since with that new small wall there it was going to block off the view to the outside.

But quick work with a saw to cut that wall down worked!

To give you a little height perspective that door is 7’1”, homes don’t have codes for door heights, see how much higher the ceiling is? The barn floor sits lower then the annex floor and the ceiling is way higher. Headroom will not be a problem!

Voile, looking outside!

French doors finally in place. The wood frame sticking up in the middle there is blocking off the opening for the staircase so nobody took a fall since it was still a big open hole.

At last our contractors took pity on me and started the clapboard on that end. I came home and was coming up the drive when I had to stop and stare since I didn’t know it was going up that day…perfection! At this point of our renovation it was starting to get cold out with winter fast approaching and we had painters coming to paint the outside so the guys were racing to get the clapboard up. Wait until you see what’s coming next!

Next, the details!


Joy@aVintageGreen said...

I can hardly wait for the next posting, details, anything. I love what you are creating.
- Joy

The enchanted home said...
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The enchanted home said...

Wow Debra looking good! So exciting to turn the corner to this step....the crownig touches stage as I like to call it..when you get to add all the bells and whistles, and no addition is unexciting...its all good from here. I am so tired of staring at beams, raw wood and brick..I can't see straight, so nice to finally see some of the asthetics coming into play..cannot wait for the next round of progress pics..thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful Sunday...hope you aren't getting any more snow and that old man winter is gone for good!

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

Hi Debra

I so love that you and the head builder guy didn't always get on! Did you sometimes bake him a cake to soften him up?!
Great pictures, you could illustrate architectural design courses

Mona Thompson said...

Wow! Things are really moving along. The windows are beautiful. Yes, the fun part is just ahead. Have you made a lot of the decorating decisions already? Can't wait to see the details. Happy Sunday. Mona

lvroftiques said...

Debra I was ready to WHOOP!! Seeing that half round window go in at last!! And I can imagine how nervous you must have been watching them hoist that 600 lb window whilst standing on a tiny ledge *yikes* It's looking mighty good! Can't wait to see it finished with that lawn of yours back to its former beauty *winks* Vanna

Room Seventeen said...

Beautiful windows!

Maggie said...

Debra, it's looking good already but methinks it's going to stunning!

Greet Lefèvre said...

In one word : GORGEOUS!!

quintessence said...

Love this stage when it all starts to come together. The windows look great in - and can't wait to see what's next!!

Stacey said...

Wow Debra! Look at the progress! Aren't you excited? I adore the windows too. I had a love hate relationship with my contractor too:-).

Divine Theatre said...

Watching this through your eyes causes me to become stricken with anxiety! Do you have a substance abuse clinic on speeed dial just in case?!
I am excited for you, this is beyond beautiful!


designchic said...

Oh Debra, it looks the windows and the gorgeous view beyond - can't wait to see what your have in store!!

under spanish moss said...

Oh how exciting. Can't wait to see more...just lovely. Great view from your window.

Angela and Renee

Ispirato Design said...

Glad I found your blog! We travel to NH often as we have family there and I love how so many of the homes have annexes between the house and barn. Your project is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing the rest of the journey.

anyaadores said...

Your build is looking amazing - just found your divine blog, and LOVE the fact that you do what I hope to do one day. WOnderful. :O)
Nice to meet you.
A xx

Divine Theatre said...

I wish I could bring those putti home with me!
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