Sills of the East Side

Woody and his crew have moved around the house to the east side, which is -- I hesitate to say this because I might jinx it -- the last side of the house to be restored. (The back of the house being new construction, it needs no restoring.)

While his guys work in the "field" of the wall applying epoxy and filling nail holes, Woody has started addressing the windows. The windows on that side of the house had substantial dry rot from some bad caulking work (done by modern painters) and a few generally dumb design decisions (made by Mr. Holt).

One issue was that the windows were leaking during construction, so the general contractor's carpenters "fixed" them by adding a slope to the sills. That didn't actually fix the issue, unfortunately, but Woody thought he might be able to just add wood on top to fix them.

This turned out not to be the case.

Sliding the window sill out in the front bedroom

Here's the sill of the window in the front bedroom (Bedroom 1), in the process of being removed. You can see the extensive wood rot that we are dealing with here.

With the window sill removed

Fortunately the rot appears to be confined to the sill itself, and the rest of the framing is pretty good.

The window sill after removal

Woody will go get some wood tomorrow to make new sills. The main reason why cutting away part of the wood didn't stop the leaks is that that's not where the leak was coming from.

The window sill in the back bedroom

And in the back bedroom, here, you can see more wood rot, though to be fair this looks worse because it is right next to a white wall.

Under the window sill on the exterior

The is the underside of the outside of the sill, which is not in good shape at all.

In the pocket of the window

And here's the actual culprit for the leak: water was getting into the pockets of the windows, and the trim was caulked at the bottom so it could not flow back out. So it would fill up the pocket and overflow into the house. Woody is now treating these with epoxy and will fill in the holes the water was getting in through, while leaving the drainage path in place.

Horns and Pulleys and Guess What? More Buttons

The work on the front of the house is in the final touchup stages for most of the facade, plus Woody is getting as much finished on the windows as possible while the scaffolding is still there to help him out.

Fonrt porch ceiling

I think the front porch ceiling looks pretty good in blue with white cove molding. I took my paint sample book to the site and matched the sky on a cloudless day, then backed off the colour a little (an exact match would look too dark, because the sky is lit up whereas my porch ceiling is not).

Woody has also installed the horns on the front windows. Of course, black horns on black sashes against a dark jamb are a little unreadable.

Horns installed on the front bay window

They do seem to just blend in, though, which is great. As you can see, the buttons on the pilaster have been painted in the final trim colour, too.

Closer view of the horns

With all this work on the windows, Woody noticed this situation:

Pulleys before cleanup

The pulleys for the windows were painted at some point (as were the ropes, which have been replaced), and they are all gunked up with layers of paint.

Stripped and laquered pulleys

This didn't work for Woody, so he took the hardware out, stripped it, laquered it, and reinstalled it. It looks pretty good.

Waxed jambs

For the last few days, he has been applying a wax and turpentine finish to the jambs. This both seals and weatherproofs them and also makes the windows glide more easily. I haven't been opening and closing the windows lately but he tells me they move a lot more easily now.

And finally, more buttons, because why not?

We did not leave the buttons on the horns painted white, you are welcome

Woody texted me this photo last week, and this text conversation ensued:

Button Mania text conversation