And before the windows could be removed, all the siding had to be torn off. Most of this work was done by Nicholas, the neighbor we hired to help us out.
Back on the east end of the house, the windows and door were removed.
That was pretty much the system - siding torn off by Nicholas, windows removed by Steve, and new installations by Chris and Dave. Later in the day, Sarah and her husband and kids arrived and although we were thrilled to see Sarah, we were even more thrilled to see Mike - another very able-bodied helper. Here Sarah and Beth re-unite and get acquainted with Wade - the newest member of the clan.
And Mary demonstrated what a big help she would try to be all weekend long. Beth came over Friday morning and provided lunch for the crew and she and Sarah took care of all the dinner duties. What a break that was for me! Everything seemed to be going like clockwork except for one little niggling problem that just wouldn't go away - what to do about the picture window. We had a plan all along. We would connect three windows with mullion kits and make one big, very functional window. Unfortunately, no matter how many miles we traveled or how many places we called or how many stores we visited - there were no kits that would work for our windows. We even tried returning 3 windows and getting three more but that only resulted in yet another trip to Home Depot to return the new ones.
And where at first the kids enjoyed the open air theater, after awhile they seemed to get uneasy about all that air and openness. Finally, Dave and Chris decided to frame in the three windows and it's worked very well.