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A Series on Log House Building #14

making-the bay-window


I told ‘the man’ how big I wanted the window. He cut the hole and we covered it for the winter. We put insulation over the floor area and covered the areas near the open gable ends with plastic since the snow would blow inside somewhat.

I was tired of babysitting the root vegies under the little cabin so I made a plan to put them downstairs in the unfinished house and cover it all over until they were needed. That ended up to be more of a project than I had imagined. There was still no doorway. I climbed a ladder up one side of the building and down the other…retrieved some vegetables and reversed the process every time.

The next spring I asked him to help with the measurements so I could order windows. This is when it hit him that I wanted a bay window. Remember…he didn’t want to look at the plans. “Just tell me what you want done”, he’d said.


The front boarded over before we began.

“NO WAY! are you going to put a bay window in there? It would be so much easier just to put a flat one in, faster and less expensive”, he insisted. Meanwhile my blood was starting to rise in temperature. I let it get almost to the boiling point before I managed to regain some control. “How many houses have bay windows in the world? How can you say it’s not possible – it is and I will figure it out if you don’t want to”.

One thing you have to understand about building a house together as a couple (or maybe 5 or 6 things) - it will test both your metal. Also your determination to keep the vows that say “for better or worse“. Any one can live with another for better. It’s the worse that’s tough! You each are absolutely going to have a different idea on shape, size, color, decor, cost, timing, and so much more. For one simple is great. For the other fancy is better. We lived through it this way: I suggested to him that he could decide on the method of manufacturing it and I would decide on the plan. He could have a say in the size of things and I would do the decor. We each had an area to play with that mattered the most to us.

So…a bay window was part of the PLAN. I needed to start my seedlings. He could understand that. He likes food.planning-a-bay-window

I made one nearly fatal mistake with it though. I needed three panes for the three sides. I didn’t know that it could be purchased in one solid frame. It almost finished us trying to get the angles right and making a framework that fit with out gaps. We were out on the sawmill trying to cut perfect little triangles. I don’t even want to remember the trouble we went through.

We actually got them all up into place including the huge heavy one without breaking the glass. What a deep relief.

Hubby had the ‘method of manufacturing’, right? The project was so heavy with the huge timbers he cut for the bottom that he needed something for support at least until it dried…at least that what I thought he said. He sent me to town for hooks and aircraft cable. One end was hooked to the middle of the affair at the bottom and to the peak of the roof at the other.

Ok. Many days went by. “When can we take that silly looking cable down” I asked. He explained that he had no intention of taking it down. What would hold the window up?

Oh man………………………………………….!             (breathe in, breathe out Sherry)

I got him to make some metal triangular braces for the bottom. They looked so fine that we were both wishing we had just done that in the first place. Good-by to that blasted cable that was in my face every time I looked out at my lovely natural yard.

Notice the equipment holding it up…that was before the aircraft cable idea. We had some learning to do as we went along – heheh.

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4 Responses to “A Series on Log House Building #14”

  1. wendy says:

    who needs construction school? not you two! you are both pioneers at heart….

    • sherry says:

      I guess the pioneers managed, but school isn’t a bad thing or learning from someone else’s goof-ups. That’s partly why I put this on – so nobody out there thinks it’s a picnic.

  2. Naomi says:

    There is sooo much to know about building! Thanks for sharing.
    Today I said to Gord that we have to discuss our plans every evening just for a bit. Hopefully that will spread out the disagreements and cut them down to chewable chunks.


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