As you last remember, the bunkhouse was looking a little rough.  It was dirty, dark, damaged, and downright depressing.  Owner Jim wanted to not only put life and light back into the dilapidated structure, but put to use some of the salvaged woodwork and materials he had been collecting for many years. Because he wanted to Victorianize the early 1920’s structure it was decided to add some stained glass.  He already had a Queen Anne style front door featuring a wood-muntined window bordered with square panes of colored glass which he wanted to use for the entry, so it made sense to use stained glass windows with wood muntins (as opposed to lead came) elsewhere.  Unfortunately, his collection did not include any stained glass windows of a similar style, but I was able to find a pair online which were not only a stylistic match, but fit an already existing window opening as well.  As most renovators know, things usually don’t work out that smoothly, but it did this time!  Work on the bunkhouse began more than a year ago and still continues… every week brings the place closer to the end goal!


The west wall and ceiling of the bedroom showed the effects of a leaking roof prior to renovation work.


After removing damaged plaster and lath, a new window opening – sized to match an existing one directly opposite on the east wall – was framed. New wiring was installed and followed by insulation (which began above and below the window opening). Receptacle heights were kept consistent with existing ones installed in the bunkhouse in the 1940’s… much higher up than what is conventional today.


This is the seller’s photo of a pair of windows found online… exactly what I was looking for!  Each is a top sash and not a complete window.


Here Jim marks the opening to be cut on the exterior. Prior to this, the bunkhouse did not have a window on its front. I felt a little remorse in altering this aspect of the place, but it really was depressing without a window.


Clowning around as usual, Jim prepares to install the newly found window into the newly cut opening. The jamb was built from recycled material.


The new window in place! It still needs a lower sash. Jim made the sill wide to accommodate future casing.  The wire sticking out of the wall will eventually power a porch light.


The window as seen from the interior… with just enough wiggle room to add some shims and insulation.


The lower sash was salvaged from the north window (removed to convert to a doorway).  A temporary casing of scraps was installed until a permanent casing can be made. The plywood patch will be replaced with clapboard salvaged from the window location.


The window installation on the east side was easier as the opening already existed. The original bottom sash worked with the new top sash and was put back where it had been before.


The recycled lower sash is in place after the floor finishing was completed and some baseboard (also salvaged) had been installed.


The east window installed. The stained glass in both of these photos looks washed out, but the colors are much more exciting in actuality. Next adventure: Woodwork!



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