Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A huge mess.

I knew this day was coming. We have been planning to replace the windows in our house for the past 4 years. So, after years of procrastinating, reviewing, getting quotes, hemming and hawing, we finally put-our-money-where-our-mouth-was and purchased new windows for our house. Yesterday, we got a call that our windows were ready to be installed. Tuesday morning, Cullen's started in on the project of replacing all of our main-floor wooden windows (8 total) with vinyl clad windows.
They cut out the existing window after they remove the exterior siding. The original interior trim stays in place.
Then, they slide in the new window, shim & attach it, put in new insulation stuff and then put the exterior siding back in place.
The interior will have a transition strip installed that we will have to stain to finish everything up. The windows in the living room and kitchen have a faux wood finish, which is not an exact match, but does look complimentary. The windows in the bathroom and bedrooms will be all white.

Right now we are in the "mess stage". People, we are deep into the mess stage! Window coverings strewn willy-nilly. Complete upheaval.
My problem is that we were told that this would be a two day project. Based on the fact that only 1/2 of the windows are installed at the end of day two, it is definitely going to be at least a four day project. Question... if installing windows is what you do for a living, wouldn't you be better at estimating the time that it will take to complete the task? Apparently not.

Luckily, the weather has been incredible and since we are just into our first few days of above 60 degree weather in MN, we have no bugs to contend with. This is especially important because we have gaping holes in our house.

Hopefully, I will be able to report on the completed project soon. For now, this is what my living room looks like and my blood pressure is on the rise.
Please, please, let it be over soon!


Anonymous said...

Ha Ha! Didn't I explain that to you at Christmas?? When we had our windows done last July it was supposed to take 1-2 days--they would come in with a crew, we had them all done at once so 17 windows I think. Anyway, they sent 1 guy. He was actually a little scary and it took him 2 WEEKS! I guess he didn't play well with others, so he had to come by himself--he was actually kind of proud of this. I know, yuck. So I lived with that mess for 3 weeks. Still haven't replaced the blinds in Meg and Demi's room's, on my list tho! Take a deep breath,,,Namaste. MB

the mom~ said...

Oh my I would be a mess too if my living room looked like that. I was a mess when we had our doors installed and it took ALL day, let alone 4. And what cracks for saying TWO days...sheesh people! Typical men! LOL Can't wait to see them all finished!

Lori said...

I can't wait to see the finished project. Maybe then I can convince Jim that it is worth the time, hassle and cost! Good luck!

Heather said...

I hope your project is done soon and I would definitely mention the time issue. They have to be better at estimating their time frame than that! Hang in'll be over soon!

Charlene said...

You're right, you would think "they" would have an idea about how long it would take to do your windows?!? Hang in there, and looking forward to seeing the finished results!!