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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Windows Are In!








Starting to come together, almost all the windows are installed. The crew took advantage of some 30 degree days to finish up this stage. We'll wait for the 70 degree days to test out the screens!


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Let the Sun Shine In!


What a difference light and a view make! One down, 42 to go!!


The first windows are installed. Classic doublehung, 2 over 2, beige clad, 43 windows in all.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Schuyler helps with the shoveling before taking off for a Nordic ski race in the afternoon. Good warmup for strong pole planting! Go Blue Streaks!

The windows are here!


Out with the Old, In with the New....
We load up the old doublehungs in the van and take them down to the
Architectural Warehouse in Albany, a treasure trove of salvaged materials. Check it out at
http://www.historic-albany.org/warehous.html Mark the manager there was happy to accept our donation and thought he would be able to find a good home for them. We plan to return later on to find some exterior doors, and maybe a big old kitchen utility sink I had my eye on.....
Meanwhile, back on Grand Ave, installation of the new doublehungs should begin this week; the snow has subsided enough for the time being to work on the exterior.

Monday, January 12, 2009


This is the little back porch also getting a major makeover. We'll have lots of stoops to watch the scene on Beekman Street this summer!

Gas line, hot and cold water lines, and waste water drain pipe installed upstairs and downstairs, nearly complete.

Porch floor is down! I'm trying to imagine spending time out here on a lunch break this summer.

We've had a couple feet of new snow. We try to keep a path clear for all our neighborhood dogwalkers...

Side Porch facing Beekman. Cement piers support framework for new porch floor.

Monday, January 5, 2009


We like this soft greenish teal for the clapboard. The metal roof is the olive brown shade on the right. We're thinking trim colors will be beige and terracotta tones. the terracotta for a little punch.

Time to choose color of the siding. We are going with cement board siding which is low maintenance but has the appearance of old-fashioned clapboard. It will blend in with the original clapboard areas that we can salvage from the back part of the house.