How to Add a New Window to an Old House – Tucker’s Room

How to Add an Old Window to a New House - Tucker's Window

Tuck finally has a new window!  Woo Hoo!  His new window has solved two problems.  The first one being obvious natural light :).  After all, Tuck’s room is a former closet and had no windows so no matter what time of day it was we always had to have a light on in the room.  It is amazing how much light flooded the room when Jason opened up the wall.  The second problem the window solved was curb appeal.  We choose to put the window on a spot in the house that was completely bare of any interest.  It was a long sad section of siding, right between the two chimneys you can see below.  We purposely centered the window above the first floor window and made it as big as possible.  We did this not only to ensure that it broke up that section of our home but also that it is big enough for a fireman with his air tank on his back to climb in:).  Jason and I wanted to make sure our little man is as safe as possible and having survived a major house fire as a girl I always make sure there are multiple exits to escape!  Now he has a window as well as two doorways.

How to Add a New Window to an Old House

The window we chose is a Marvin one with a red exterior to match the rest of the windows.  If I had to chose a window I would never have chosen red but it was important to us that all the windows looked the same and Marvin windows in my opinion are the best and the window will last our lifetime in this house.  Another thing Jason did was to add white trim to the new window.   If you look at our house now you will notice that we have basic aluminum trim around our windows and doors.  We are contemplating putting white trim around all the windows.  When our house was built originally over a hundred years ago  it would have had bulky trim around the windows and doors and would have had grids in all the windows. I found the rest of the grids around the house and painted them and Jason put them in.  Its important to us to try to have the house look as true to the time it was built as we can.  I think that helps give a house an identity and helps give a house more character and curb appeal.

To add the window Jason first framed out the inside header and sills to put the window on. Here is the wall before and after.

How to Add a New Window to an Old HouseHow to Add a New Window to an Old House

Then he cut the opening out.

How to Add a New Window to an Old House

How to Add a New Window to an Old House

How to Add a New Window to an Old House

How to Add a New Window to an Old House

He put the window in and waterproofed it.

How to Add a New Window to an Old House

How to Add a New Window to an Old House

 

How to Add an Old Window to a New House - Tucker's Window

 

How to Add an Old Window to a New House - Tucker's Window

Jason added the white trim to button up the outside of the window.  In the next few weeks Jason is going to add a window seat and some bookcases on either side of the window :).  I can already envision Tucker sitting at the window looking out onto our driveway looking through his picture books.

How to Add a New Window to an Old House - Tucker's Room

Here is what the window looks like today finished and the trim painted to red to match the rest of the house.

IMG_3970Here’s what the inside of his bedroom looks like now:

Tucker's red desk

To see more of the projects we did in this room….

– Click here for how we added built in bookcases and a window seat.

Click here to see what this room looked like when it was our master closet.

– Click here for the final reveal of his finished room.

Click here to see where our master bedroom closets are now and here to see our finished master bedroom.

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7 thoughts on “How to Add a New Window to an Old House – Tucker’s Room

  1. Wow… you guys are seriously impressive. I can’t believe Jason put in the window by himself. Can’t wait to see what you do with the interior. You two make a great team.

  2. Wow! That very first picture made me think the room was TINY. Just couldn’t believe you were going to make a bedroom out of such a small room – and then I saw the finished room and LOOK! How beautiful – and how very cool!!!!

  3. Wow, when I saw the house I was like, y’all sure know how to live in comfort! I love the room, but if the master closet is in your room, than wouldn’t it be a little awkard if he idk. walked in on you?
    I love the room anyways, and the window seat is Im-pressssss-ive!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my son’s room Emily! Although his room is our old master closet we added a hallway to our room so there is no longer an entrance to our bedroom from his:). Take care, Tara

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