When we bought our home it was a 1970's house with some renovations being required. This Spring we have had the time & money to be able to do the necessary work.
First off we had the roof replace which was an expensive job considering the old one didn't actually leak (yet) and the new one really looks the same as the old one it's just a bit darker in colour and the tiles don't curl at the edges (which is a good thing). However, it's a sensible precaution to replace the roof before it actually starts leaking because then it's extra and hassle and can cause extensive damage.
After the roof came the new windows. We chose to upgrade from the single glazed poorly fitting sliding aluminium frame windows and replace them with much higher quality, double glazed PVCu casement (opening outwards rather than sliding) European style windows. This sounds like a normal and sensible decision but was actually quite hard to do as the vast marjority of window manufacturers make cheap sliding windows, not dis-similar to what we would have been replacing.
This is the Euroline Windows truck parked up. They make the frames and install the sealed units in the factory and then the whole unit is fitted into the house in one go.
First though, to get the old windows out they have to cut through the wooden siding around the old windows to free the frames. This means that everytime you have new windows the hole gets a bit bigger so you have to have additional trim around the new windows to cover the chopped out siding. Scott is seen here cutting out the big Living Room window at the front.
Then the patio doors were chopped out of the Dining Room.
One of our main objectives was to be able to say goodbye to the 1970's yellow glass that had greeted everyone to the side and above the front door for 37 years.
Now we had a large space to play with at the main entrance. We were able to design custom doors & glass to make more of an impact for the front of the house.
After the doors and windows are installed the trim is made to fit around the outside of the window frames to hide the chopped out siding.
Then we have new, properly opening windows that seal shut and actually keep out noise and draughts. You can see the trim now fitted around the outside of the window.
I'm under strict instructions not to post images of the total finished product, so you'll just have to see it when you visit next !