RenovationsShed Progress – We Have Windows! June 3, 2016I’m so glad to see that y’all are as excited as we are for this shed turned screened porch makeover! If you missed the introduction of this project, make sure you check out our plans here. The most exciting thing so far has been seeing the big windows cut! The space already feels so open and airy. We started by cutting two large windows in each long side, as you can see here. We measured the length inside to see what size windows we could do evenly. We also made sure to maintain as many existing studs as possible inside, we cut from existing stud to existing stud. The windows ended up being 7 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide. Pup loves that we’re working on outside projects now! To frame these out and not compromise the structure, Chris installed a header made of two 2 x 8″s (installed side-by-side). There’s a 2 x 4″ underneath it and two 2 x 4’s on the sides for support. He used clamps to secure the header in place while he built the side supports. The header and side supports are crucial when it comes to continuing to support the structure. I’m thankful my husband has a lot of framing knowledge so he could make this work in a way that was safe for us and maximized our window size. Handy hubby for the win. Gosh, I just love all of those planks! He used a reciprocating saw to trim the planks right up to the installed header and supports once they were in place. You can see that we did a transom in the back to let a lot of light in. While another huge window would’ve been nice, we felt like we needed to leave one wall more intact to continue supporting the structure. In the entrance, we’ve removed the two large doors and will be installing a screen door here, so it will stay a lot more open. I love how open it is! Now, I can’t wait to paint it all white and it’ll really feel lightened up! Oh, in other shed news, a lot of you asked about electrical. We will definitely have electricity out here! We’re installing outlets, a fan overhead, and bulb lights. Chris is an electrician, so he’s handling that portion. Also, we got a new roof put on this shed when we did our house’s roof in the fall since we knew this project was coming. What you might be seeing through the cracks overhead is the paper they lay under the shingles, not light. This baby is all protected and ready to go. We’re moving right along! More updates to come next week!