May 2007: The next few "series" pages are from a month (+) "vacation". I asked for the month of May off work from my current contract, which actually rounded out to an even 5 weeks. I wanted to make a strong construction push while the weather was still nice, plus I wanted a break from sitting at a desk all day for the last 9 months.
The footwork for this month started a week or two earlier, when I started scouring eBay and the local Craigslist.org site for deals on doors and windows. I scored - and I mean scored big. I love a bargain anyway, but I never expected to pick up so many windows and get such a good deal on exactly the doors I wanted. Almost every window I found, and both the main entry door and the French patio door had never been installed. I wanted to avoid the look of a "Hodge Podge Lodge" or "Partridge Family bus". That's what happens when you put in any window of any size just because it fits. I was able to buy enough of the same kind of windows to give the place a very intentional appearance, and at a small fraction of wholesale. I got at least as good, and in some cases better deals than I did on my skylight windows, which were purchased at around half retail. Below are a few pictures of the endeavor. First my truck - full to the brim (and then some) of the doors and windows I bought in and around the Minneapolis metro and outskirts. Next was the awkward process to get those windows and doors up into the structure. Last is a shot of about half of the items, stored up on the main floor.
Cost: (1) Entry door w/sidelight and (1) French patio door. Windows: (8) Marvin 28x60 casement windows, (1) used Andersen 24x72 casement, (1) Windsor 40x72 double-double hung window, (3) Marvin 16x60 casement windows, (2) identical Marvin 23x63 casement windows. Total under $2500. Gas for my truck was another $3,658!