This is a project I’ll be working on in a very near future and I wanted to prepare myself for it. Installing a garden window in the shape of a box is a wonderful way to bring the feel and look of a garden close to your kitchen. Not only can this make the room feel larger, but it also brings in more light.
In order to save money, preserve your heating and also cooling comfort, the new garden window I’m planning to install features insulated glass which makes for the best setting for indoor plants and herbs. Right now I just have a regular slider and no room for plants on a narrow window sill. There’s one more thing, my slider is old and basically beyond the repair so if you’d like to find out how to determine if your window can be repaired or it’s time to get it replaced, go ahead and check this article http://sidingcontractorblog.weebly.com/
The window I’m going after (one on the picture) is by Thermal Windows and Doors – http://www.thermalwindowsanddoors.com/windows/garden-windows and I’m still contemplating if I should hire professionals to do this job.
So based on my readings and a video you can watch below I compiled this short manual. I’m considering the following steps to proceed with dismantling old and installing new kitchen garden window, some of those steps may or may not apply to your setting so you’ll need to adjust:
Sliding glass panel removal
In the old window, grasp the sliding glass panel and make sure that you carefully lift it up. The bottom needs to be pulled outwards from the window track. As for the screens, they should be removed in the same way.
At this point, the center brace, but also the remaining panel should be carefully removed. The center brace may not come off that easy, so if that’s the case with yours, then you should use a small pry bar and a hammer to loosen it. Follow the same steps as you did with the sliding portion to raise up the panel from its track.
Caulking removal / separating
The caulk sealing the window trim should be pre-cut at this point. Breaking the seal an be easily done by using just a utility knife.
Removing the external trim
Once caulking is cut the external trim that surrounds the opening of the old window needs to be loosened with care. You can do that by removing the paint which seals the trim prior to using the pry bar in order to lever the trim. Keep in mind that the trim on both side, but also on the bottom and top should be removed.
Since there might be many nails that hold the frame of the wooden window, you need to use the prongs of a nail remover in order to level the heads to the point you can easily extract the nails by using larger prongs. Again, we won’t need those for the new window.
Dressing the edge
The window opening should be built up and finished at this point to create a perfectly square opening which is even or slightly smaller than exterior wall finish.
Front edge exposure
In order to expose the front edge of 2-by-4, you’ll need to consider cutting away the wooden siding at the perimeter of the window. This will allow attaching of the window’s flange to the house framing.
Caulking and flashing
Waterproofing the window opening can be done using caulk and flashing paper. To do this, the flashing paper should be inserted at the back of the sheathing. Next, fold the edge back over the siding and lastly, make sure that you tape it properly. Don’t forget that it’s important to caulk well along the opening’s wooden edge.
Insert and secure the window
The window should be properly inserted into the opening and then secured by using screws (rust proof) that will be driven past the nailing flange into the 2-by-4 framing underneath. The edges should be caulked and the tape removed. Next, the flashing paper should be folded over the nailing flange.
Finish the garden window’s edges
The final step of the project involves finishing the greenhouse window’s edges followed by providing a nailing surface for the new trim. Last but not least, the backs of the trim need to be caulked properly and then secured in place. A final touch of paint should be considered to make sure the colors match.
I think you’ll better watch this short video to see exactly what I described above:
As you can see, making a new garden window is not as hard as you may have initially envisioned, but you do need to make sure you adjust these chaotic instructions of mine for your particular project. Also, try to be patient, especially if you’re attempting this for the first time. I’m not an expert by any means and the above applies to my environment so don’t put a blame on me if something doesn’t make sense.