Strix the harbinger
guards the exit gate, quizzing all
Who will pass this night?

Monday, May 20, 2013

Growlery Windows Update

The Growlery originally had three very small windows which were really beyond refurbishing. Then I caught a little luck, and coupled with a little cutting and banging boards around, I got two new windows. 

The large window was part of an earlier remodel of the house next door, which was then razed last Fall. I got the window. It's a good window, double-glazed, low-E glass, etc. John Rust and I enlarged the opening (a lot) and we put it in the south wall where it would maximise my sunlight. 
































I was going to just block off the other two windows, but I would have lost cross-ventilation and the view to the north from my desk chair. The other day I was visiting Tom Furleman looking for a keeper for an antique rimlock. Tom sells a number of lines of replacement windows and I noticed his sample windows were about the same size as my original little windows. We struck a deal. I came away with an extra sample window and he got rid of one.

Over the weekend I blocked, shimmed and foamed in the sample window and trimmed out both windows with plain ol' pine 1 x 4s. It looks pretty good, considering my level of incompetence. Eventually I plan on covering them with paint. Maybe. Someday.


The view from the Growlery door - Lorna peeking from behind a white lilac which is just starting to open.

7 comments:

gabriel said...

the only problem with covering them with paint is that you feel bad using thumbtacks for pinning stuff.

Gunnar Berg said...

Thumb tacks? Periodically. I give myself the "It's just a shed" reality check and I grab the claw hammer and galvanized roofing nails.

Elaine Toft (BloggerToots) said...

Near as I can tell, the work ain't too bad. I looked up the word so I wouldn't sound stupid, no luck. "What's a growlery?", this Stupid asked.

Gunnar Berg said...

A retreat. The word was stricken from the OED a few years ago. A shame, a good word.

Dicken's Bleak House, "This, you must know, is the growlery. When I am out of humour, I come and growl here."

George A said...

Looking good. Next I suspect will be the addition for the hot tub.

Silk Hope said...

I see you have more breezeway for the Cigar Smoke to exit.

Gunnar Berg said...

Yes, smoke, ventilation.