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May 10, 2012

New Casement Windows In Mom’s 1950s Time Capsule Condo

By Sara In AZ

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure how I felt about replacing 2 windows in the condo – especially an original window. But it kind of had to be done. You’ll see why in a minute.

Here is a view of the original window in the bathroom. The condo still had it’s original steel casement windows (except for one). You just pull up on the lever in the middle to unlock the window, then crank it open with the hand crank. This crank, in the bathroom, was broken but we were able to easily replace it with a crank we bought from Home Depot. A screen would attach on the inside with those 4 little clips you see around the window.


Here is a view of one of the steel casement bedroom windows. The section on the left is what will open for ventilation. There is a screen on the inside.


And here is the steel living room window. The living room window just had one little problem…….


There was a huge crack in the glass. Ugggghhhhhh. This living room window was not a casement, it was only a picture window.


And here is the window in the kitchen area. Unfortunately, the original steel casement window must have gotten broken somewhere along the way – as this aluminum window is not original. The original steel window was replaced with a very cheap aluminum sliding window that would almost never lock. Not good.


Here is a view of the aluminum window from the inside of the house, you can see how filthy that track was for the slider.


Perhaps the worst window lock I have ever encountered in my life!


We really debated about what was the right thing to do. Do we leave all the windows as is??? Do we try to just replace just the one pane of glass in the front window??? Should we only replace the kitchen window??? Help.

We all really loved the original steel casement windows, so we decided we did not want to change those out. I know they are not the most energy efficient, but hey we like them so they are staying!

It was a very hard call on the front picture window. If the window would not have been broken we would have just left it as-is. Apparently replacing a pane of glass in a steel window like this is not easy or cheap, which I suppose is obvious when you see that someone choose to replace the entire kitchen window rather than just have the glass replaced. And Mom REALLY wanted a window that would open.

The decision was eventually made to only replace the front picture window and the non-original kitchen window.

R & K Building Supplies had been recommended to us, so we went there to check out what they had to offer. They had a really great selection of windows and were super helpful. I would definitely use them again!


Here we are on installation day!

I guess removing a steel window is not the easiest thing in the entire world. Eeks!

The installers taped the glass tons and tons  in an effort to keep it together as much as possible.


Then they started cutting the window out of the steel frame. The were only cutting the glass though, they were not cutting the steel frame out yet. I really like how they held the cloth up in order to help keep the debris to the outside.


And here they are removing the window in pretty much one giant piece.


Wild huh!


After they got the window out they had to cut the frame out then do some more prep.  I think they were thinking all the while , “ Is this girl EVER going to stop with the pictures?!?” Smile


Ahhhhhh, new window finally getting installed! Mom choose Anderson Casement windows, we were thinking about going with something other than a casement window in order to save money but in the end we thought casements were the best option.


And here is a view of the front window from the outside.


This is the new window in the kitchen area (that replaced the aluminum window), it looks SO much better now!


And here is the kitchen window from the inside. It’s a really great window, you can open either side for ventilation, or both sides if you want that too!


Mom really loves her new windows and she is glad we kept the old ones too!

Come back next Thursday when the kitchen gets new appliances!

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10 Responses to New Casement Windows In Mom’s 1950s Time Capsule Condo

  1. deb Reply

    May 10, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I’ll miss the updates when you’re done!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      May 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

      I know, it’s going to be sad when it’s all over isn’t it Deb. Hopefully I can find my own time capsule to move into soon – then I can show updates on that every Thursday! *fingers crossed* 🙂

  2. Martha K. Reply

    May 10, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Once again, AWESOME !

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      May 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Thank you SO much Miss Martha K! 🙂

  3. RetroRuth Reply

    May 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    The casement window for the front was a REALLY good choice. It looks great! As always, nice job, guys!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      May 11, 2012 at 11:54 am

      Awwww, thanks so much Ruth! 🙂

  4. Andrea Reply

    May 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Looks great! Replacing windows is something that can definitely be a necessary evil in an older place, IMO. The old ones can look nice, but energy efficiency is a definite plus!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      May 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Thank you Andrea! 🙂 I have to say, those new windows are super duper nice — way better than any window in any house I have ever lived in!

  5. Laura Reply

    May 10, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    What struck me the most reading this post is what passes for a window in Arizona. Your mom would FREEZE to death in my neck of the woods! The new casement with the white casing looks very crisp and attractive. Good choice!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      May 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks so much Laura! 🙂 Yeah, the windows here are pretty flimsy aren’t they. I have to say the windows on my 70s house are not any better either, they are all single pane too. 🙁

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