Remodeling the Exterior

Some of the best remodeling projects you can do involve remodeling the exterior. Making the exterior of your remodeling project home shine can have huge payoffs in the end if you are trying to sell your property. Curb appeal is what its all about.

The exterior needed a facelift. It had two layers of siding installed. All the original siding was removed and thrown in the trash. See my house siding demolition page for more details.

The house was constructed of 1X10′s and 1X12′s. All of the exterior wall boards were re-nailed to ensure a solid fit. Any boards that were rotten were replaced. I used OSB sheating as a substitute. OSB is a lot cheaper than going with 1X10′s and no one will ever see it any way.

The entire exterior structure was covered with Tyvek wrap. This provided a weather tight barrier and protected the wood structure underneath. New windows and doors were installed after the Tyvek was put in place. Tyvek tape was used to seal the vinyl window frame nail tab to the Tyvek barrier. Below are some exterior remodeling pictures.

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Installing New Windows

Nobody ever said remodeling a home would easy. The old house had mostly original windows installed. These windows were the kind that had wood frames and the large lead weight to balance the pane when opened. The glass was the old style wavy kind. Some people pay top dollar for that wavy glass – a good way to recoupe some expense would be to re-sale the old wood frame windows.

The previous owner had partially installed some older re-used vinyl windows. My plan involved changing the size to a larger style double pane single hung vinyl window. Every window in the house woud require re-framing to accomodate the larger vinyl windows.

The old windows were removed and old framing was cut out. New framing structure was built in place to fit the new double pane single hung vinyl windows. Headers were built up to support the load of the roof trusses directly overhead. New king studs and jack studs were installed as well. The old house framing was not as square in places so it was a little tricky in places to keep things all in level. The new window installation was easy once all the framing was in place. Below are window framing and installation pictures.

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