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week 17 – a special birthday present

With the windows on site we couldn’t wait for them to be installed and see the first glimpse of the view from inside the house. Although we were able to gaze through the timber frame window openings at the countryside beyond, we didn’t really know what the final view would until the windows were in situ with the window frames and various glazing bars in place.

Our builder obviously doesn’t believe in taking the easy route and the first window to be installed was the largest……the window for our bedroom.  The day of the big install was my birthday, so I had not one, but two reasons to take the day off work.  Again it was all hands on deck to get the window hoisted up and into place.

bedroom window on the hoist

bedroom window on the hoist

window being moved into place

window being moved into place

There were a few chuckle brother moments….to me, to you, to me, to you…..and more than a few swear words, not to mention my own mutterings of ‘don’t drop it, please dont drop it’, before the window was finally levered, pushed and whacked into place. With the main part of the window installed it was time for the triangular top piece to be hoisted up.  It may have been smaller, but seemed to cause more problems. It was in, out and in again, before the joiners could finally relax and move onto the smaller windows.

the full window in place with the joiners admiring their handy work

the full window in place with the joiners admiring their handy work

As soon as the joiners had finished I was climbing the scaffold to get a look out of the window from inside.  We are delighted with the final window and view………..thank goodness we changed the cut of the top section to lift the join above head height. Who knows how we will get blinds or curtains to fit it, but that’s for another day.  Who needs curtains anyway……I’m sure eye masks are making a come back.

bedroom window from the inside

bedroom window from the inside

 

 

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