Front Door With Sidelights

A great way to improve the curb appeal of your home is adding front door sidelights. The additional windows on either side of the front entry door will also let more light into your home and illuminate your foyer. There are many choices for the glass itself including decorative glass, Low-E glass, and obscure glass.

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Green Energy House

Thinking about upgrading your home windows to Energy Star® Windows? Take the Home Energy Assessment Survey so you can see the before and after results and determine the overall efficiency of your home. Follow this link to the Energy Star® Home Energy Yardstick online analysis calculator. Take the home energy assessment survey now and once again after your new windows have been installed. This is a great tool to help you calculate and understand the savings you have realized by installing your new energy efficient windows. Compare the before and after reports to see your actual savings and how you stack up as compared to other homes in your area.

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Front Door With Sidelights

Tired of your old front door? Is the old entry door weathered and rotted? Are you ready to change the appearance of your home? Upgrading to a Glass Entry Door can change the entire look of your house. Here are a few Glass Entry Door Installation Tips to help you with your project:

Safety Tip

Pre-hung, glass entry doors can be quite heavy. You will need to recruit a friend to help you lift the assembly. Manhandling a pre-hung door is a two man job!

Remove the Old Door:

Carefully remove the old door and surrounding trim. Unscrew the hinges from the door frame and place the old door to the side. Use a pry-bar to remove the old door frame and exterior brick molding trim. Take care not to damage the surrounding siding.

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Storm Door

If you live in a northern state with a colder climate such as Illinois your home should already have a storm door. If it doesn’t, you should consider installing one before the next cold front heads your direction. A simple storm door installation can be one of the easiest ways to improve the efficiency of your home heating and cut down on cold winter drafts.

You may be worried that a storm door installation project is difficult and complex? Not at all, with the kits that are available today, your installation should be quick and easy. Still not convinced? Then simply hire a professional contractor like One Source Renovation to complete the task for you. If you feel up to the task then follow these tips for a successful project: Read more

glass block

If you need to replace your old, single-pane basement windows consider upgrading to Glass Block windows. Glass Blocks are weather-tight, maintenance-free, and are very energy efficient. With an R-Value of up to 2.0 glass blocks will help to keep your basement warm in the winter, an important consideration for those of us living in Illinois and other northern states.

Follow These Basement Window Installation Tips

Clear the Window Opening

Remove the old window being careful not to break the glass to avoid injury. Using a pry-bar or wrecking bar remove the old window jamb. You may need to use a saw to cut the wood at the four corners for a clean demo. Remove the window sill, the side jambs, and the head jamb. Using a hammer and chisel chip away at any remaining mortar and/or wood that may be left behind. Read more

Vinyl Window Types

Vinyl Windows became very popular in new home construction around 1990. Their popularity continued through 2005. A large percentage of homes built in this time period featured vinyl windows. If you own a home with vinyl windows that was built in this era; it’s just a matter of time before you need to perform a vinyl window repair yourself, or hire a reputable window repair contractor to do the work for you.

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Bay Window Bench

How to Build a Bay Window Seat With Storage Step 4: Finish and Paint

Prior to painting your Bay Window Seat with Storage project, be sure to caulk all gaps between the wood structure and original walls. Apply caulking along the back wall and the ends of the new vertical face of the storage area. Allow the caulking to cure thoroughly before applying paint.

Fill and cover any nail heads or exposed wood screws. Use a putty knife and high-quality wood putty to fill these voids. Be sure the putty is completely cured before you begin painting.

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Bay Window Bench

How to Build a Bay Window Seat With Storage Step 3: Plywood Cover

Cover the face of the structure with plywood, Wainscot, or drywall. If you plan to paint the face of your Bay Windwow Seat with Storage the same color as the trim in the room, use plywood or Wainscot and fasten the wood to the structure with 2” wood screws. If you want to paint the face of the seating area the same color of the room walls, cover the front of the structure with drywall and attach the drywall to the 2×4 supports using standard drywall screws.

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Bay Window Bench

How to Build a Bay Window Seat with Storage Step 2: Building the Support Frame

Measure the width of the outer-wall to determine the length of the rear 2×4 support. Assuming the short walls are at a 45 degree angle, miter both ends of the 2×4, item 1, at a 22-1/2 degree angle. Use a stud finder to locate the existing wall studs. Anchor a 2×4 across the full width of the outermost wall using the 3-1/2” wood screws. Place a level on top of the 2×4 at the time of installation to ensure your bench will be level upon completion. If your desired finish height is 18 inches, then the top of the 2×4 should be 17-1/4” inches above the floor to allow for the ¾” plywood deck.

Bay Window Seat Frame

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Bay Window Bench

A great way to spruce up a Bay Window is to build a sitting area complete with storage. The area beneath the seat can be a great place to store additional bedding, books, or seasonal clothing. This project is fairly simple for the average Do-It-Yourselfer. The entire makeover can be inexpensive as well with a cost of just $100 for materials.

Follow these simple instructions on How to Build a Bay Window Seat with Storage.

Step 1: Planning Your Project

Before you start cutting wood for your project you need to measure the angle of the protruding walls. While the standard angle is 135 degrees for a 45 degree wall, your Bay Window may vary slightly based on the design of your home. Read more