Tuesday, September 30, 2014


To take us back
this used to be a window...that had ivy growing inside--into the house--
we removed that old cracked leaky window and replaced it with double french doors and poured the concrete to stop, so that a porch could be added later

That's the nice thing about living in your construction...3 years later....
after we had the concrete poured and after finding out that we would not be able to add the loggia on the other side of the room and after we had the window taken out and the doors installed
we changed our minds!

 this became...the door to nowhere

we gathered up cute carpenter man for his thoughts
and trust me...his thoughts equal his brawn!
We came up with a plan to turn the door to nowhere into a window bump-out

it was such a simple solution really
at least simple for him..
this is him without his knee braces after his double knee surgeries
and his trusty helper Mr. PV!
talent with a saw
this photo does not do justice to how great this looks...
it is completely in sync with the groove of the stone

talent with a level

I have yet to find one thing these two cannot do
and you would never know that they each have a real job
and cute carpenter man has a remodel project of his own
but I have found he kind of folds under the pressure of 

I will take the credit for extra fabric on the ceiling and how about that great light fixture from
Lowes?  $7.99!!

So I asked cute carpenter man about window facts for you
These vinyl casement windows are about 2 x more expensive than the double glass windows we had custom made to fit our project.

He told me the windows we have used almost entirely at 822 are considered more industrial.  They don't open so you must adhere to fire codes and have an escape 
There are so many outside doors to 822, we were able to use this much cheaper window solution 
and I believe a much prettier window solution
(a window that contains two pieces of thermal glass injected with a gas to form a seal)
it's a matter of choice he told me 
because it also takes about half the time to install the vinyl windows 
so if you are not a DIY-er it could be cheaper in the long run to have real windows installed
(these 3x6 thermal glass cost about $80 each and a window about $200)
(there's that darn ivy!)
We are planning on copper for the roof

Job Done! 
It looks like the door to nowhere has always been
this window
I found the cutest little chess table that will fit just right in here for
some real fun and a great view
and those wonderful diamond bevel windows which prompted this whole project...
a great find on 6th Street in Amarillo...$135 for them!!!
They are removable for easy cleaning if you like to clean one pane at a time

As it all turned out...I'm pretty happy that this ended up being a window rather than a door 
I can just imagine Coach Been and Mr. PV pondering their chess plays...cozy as two guys can be!


White Lace and Promises said...

What a great window! Love it!

Karena Albert said...

Gina this window is perfection, and yes, it looks like it has always been there. How great to find a craftsman like your handyman!

The Arts by Karena

chateau chic said...

Perfect and beautiful solution to your door to nowhere! I know you must just be loving the new window.
Mary Alice

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Beautiful finish of a 3 year old project beautifully done, great ideas and talent. Playing chess sounds like a wonderful idea for this charming spot.
Copper on the roof will be stunning.

Stacy Curran said...

What a great vision! And it looks so good completed, especially the fabric on the ceiling!!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

822 is a showplace, Gina. The copper roof on that window will be icing on the cake! Clever, clever.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Gina! Good evening!

Your home seems to have such an enchanting design to it....there are so many leaded glass features, nooks and crannies, and it just seems to go on and on! I love the solution the men came up with! Why were you unable to pour concrete in that space and make a loggia? Love your home and thank you sweet friend for coming to visit today! Anita

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Your house has so many charming features...I love the window..

miss b said...

A great idea and certainly a success. It looks as if it has always been there!

Brandi said...

What a talented carpenter to be able to carry out your vision. Your new window looks as if it's always been there.

Ann said...

What a lovely transformation.
Now you got yourself a lovely window
and such a nice spot too.
Sometimes I just get frustrated at how slow things are when renovating.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

I know you must just be loving the new window. I like your taste ;o)

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