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Work In Progress Wednesday: Waterproofing, Windows, and Gutters

Work In Progress Wednesday: Waterproofing, Windows, and Gutters

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Hello, friends! I promised on Instagram that we would post a mid-week update on some of our not-as-pretty, hands-on projects. Here it is!

Installing New Basement Windows (Plus: Repointing and a New Parge Coat!)

We're in the middle of replacing all of our wood-frame basement windows (which may be original to our 100+-year-old house) with glass block windows. We chose glass blocks because they are secure, let light in but provide privacy, and have a small screened window for ventilation.

When we had our house inspected, the window frames to the basement were rotten. Not only were they not secure, but they did little to prevent water from getting into our basement (a problem compounded by the lack of gutters on our home ... more on that in a minute).

Although replacing basement windows isn't super sexy, it was something we had to address sooner rather than later.

 A closeup of the first window we replaced. You can see that the wood frame has completely rotted through at the bottom.

A closeup of the first window we replaced. You can see that the wood frame has completely rotted through at the bottom.

We ordered all of our windows from Home Depot. More specifically, we ordered and installed one window to make sure it would work, and when it did, we ordered the remaining three. Pat knocked down the old, flaking parge coat on the side of the house and removed the windows and rotting frames.

Mortaring windows into place is a two-man job, so I got to help on this one (yay!). We used some shims and made sure the glass blocks were level. Then we mortared them into place using Quikrete Mason Mix mortar. Once the windows were in place, Pat smoothed out the mortar and made it look super professional.

Finally, Pat repointed the areas of the foundation where the mortar wasn't holding up so well. Then he applied a new parge coat (we did not to re-paint it green). This weekend, Pat did some caulking on the gap between the pavement and the foundation. Finally, we can call it a wrap on this project!

If you're interested, here's the before (which was taken after we finished the first window so it's not a true "before" image) and after. You can see where we had a boarded-up hole in the wall ... now we have a window!

Installing Gutters (Maybe Ourselves?)

This one is less eventful. We were gathering quotes on gutters because our home has none. This means that water and melting snow go straight to the foundation (not good).

Our house badly needs gutters for us to solve our water issues, but after getting a few quotes, we're considering installing gutters ourselves. We're still planning it out, but it should be fun!

Cleaning, Cleaning, and More Cleaning

Since we both work full-time, we make most of our project progress on the weekends. So whenever we can, we try to make a dent in clearing out the stuff that either was left behind in the house or that we don't use anymore.

This past weekend, we took a stained and dirty particle board bookcase, our old chandeliers (RIP, we will not miss you), and a dozen other worthless items to the curb. Pat ripped out rotting wood shelving in the basement. I removed a few random nails and some painted-on curtain rod hardware that had been bugging me.

This weekend we have to make a trip to the dump. Gotta get rid of all our construction debris. We're also going to buy some new shelving for the basement to replace the ones that we had to throw away because they rotted. So ... exciting stuff!

We'll have a new blog post up on Saturday morning. See you then!

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