Hooray, our tiny house skeleton has finally earned its first piece of jewelry – the windows. I admit my anticipation was on par with a child waiting to ride the teacups at Disneyland, but I was also nervous. Many builders warn that window installation can be the most challenging part of the build… but take a look at these happy campers:
Before I detail window installation, we need to give out a few “cuteness” awards:
Copper was, honestly, a pretty terrible foreman. But, come on… look at that face!
Salies and the usual teen girl drama. Where’s my ball? Who’s this other dog and why won’t he play with me? Stop putting things on my head mom, geez!! Ugh, she’s such a princess.
Okay, now that the important puppy photos are out of the way, let’s talk window installation.
First step was to cut the windows out of the house wrap. Next, we flashed the window sills.
Similar to hanging the house wrap, it’s important to “think like a drop of water” when flashing. This means to be conscious of our overlapping pieces and to start from the bottom. We definitely don’t want to create an area for rain to gather under our siding.
Next step: we placed the windows and adjusted the shims to level.
Shims, we learned, are delicate creatures, but Salies was happy to chew on them when we weren’t looking.
Once we found the PERFECT set of shims to level each window, we carefully taped them in place. It’s tricky business – even a millimeter off could mean a crooked window. An outcome that would kill my TYPE-A personality for eternity.
Next, we caulked all the way around the opening, placed the window, and nailed those beauties into their permanent cubbyhole.
We finished her off with more flashing, tape, and love. Now look at that pretty gal! She might actually win the cuteness award after all…
You make a better window than a door… or, wait, how does that saying go?
Whatever, windows –