Marin dream house
A blog memorializing the renovation of a Texas dream farmhouse
So, the first project we absolutely had to tackle after getting the keys to the Marin house was to make sure that when we move in (don't worry -- we are still living with my parents for now) was to fill in the gaping rectangular holes with glass, you know those things called windows. When we can actually live in the house, I'd like the only wild animal to be Bruce. It was quite a project, because the window sizes weren't standard (this is not a cookie cutter house). Jared and I spent a whole day measuring each of the windows meticulously before we sent the numbers off to the manufacturer. We decided to go with a local guy because while we are planning on some modern conveniences in the old farmhouse, we would like to maintain the charm of the stone exterior. Some of the front windows remained in tact, and we wanted to match the wood frames on the original windows as closely as possible.
For the new windows, Charlie our window guy, was able to build white oak frames so that the overall look of the house from the exterior can remain uniform. He was also great about coming out to the house and removing the windows that were showing signs of age and wear and either repair or replace parts that would cause problems down the road. We are so happy with the results of this first major project. Charlie was great to work with, and the house is now (mostly) critter proof and water tight. One step in the right direction. Next post I am going to tell you about the mess that was the lack of electrical system in this house.