Colors and more colors…
                 lists and more lists…
in the chaos of looking at what is

…seeing what could be.

The Anderson windows arrived on time: the third week of October, after a 3 week lead time. During the past two weeks: installed.  They were the perfect fit for this replacement project.  Basically…a new double pane window was inserted inside the frame of the old single pane window. 

BEFORE: Old window: wood, single pane…installed 1970’s




AFTER:  New window: black vinyl, double pane: upper and lower grilles not yet installed.

The windows were installed from the inside, not disturbing the stucco and integrity of the exterior trim. No wood rot was found in the original frames during set up for the replacements. These windows for 50 years were protected in two ways.  The building is concrete block so the windows were inset into a concrete frame opening.  In addition there was a protective 4′ overhang.  Minimal trim had to be removed for the install and one small piece of trim added, to hide the caulked gap between old and new on the inside.  I chose double hung, black vinyl with upper and lower snap-in grilles.  I had never used “snap-in’s” because of the lack of authenticity.  Over the past 10 years this concept has improved significantly so I chose to go this direction for two reasons:  the ability to snap out the grilles for easy cleaning and the double hung window has an exterior screen. The screen shadows the way light filters into the window: creating an acceptable visual of true divided-light. windows 011  The grilles are painted  black on one side (outside) and white on the other.
So this weekend, I decided to install the grilles and screens to validate the decision to go this direction.     WHOOP’s……things did not go as planned.windows 012

I think I need a lesson…maybe they don’t “just” snap in.  

…to be continued from Leelanau
“North”  11.05.2017



Assembling the plan…
The past 4 weeks has been spent putting together the group that I will work with to fix North. Windows have been chosen, ordered, and scheduled for install.  Today, I completed dimensional drawings of each room/”space”. These drawings outline the core of this project.  They tell me what is….So, as I study what is…I can begin to envision what could be.  As I study each drawing, I place myself into its “space”.  All space must have purpose.  I ask…. Is this space purposed correctly? Does this space need physical alterations to fully utilize its purpose?  As my mind responds to these questions, cost is waving its red flag above my head.  What are this projects’ priorities?  What is the budget?
North will be completed in two phases.  Phase I is to get it “rental ready”.  Phase II will be to refine it into a residence.  Windows, doors, floors, and paint are the priorities in this phase. Wish-list includes reconfiguring the kitchen to include a 4’x4′ island…







creating a wall fireplace in the library…





re-purposing the laundry/utility room to include a walk in closet…




It has been a month that we have owned “North”.  I have been looking at what is….beginning to visualize what she could be.  A fun frustrating adventure begins.
What is:  “North” sits as a 2 unit condominium.  We own the right (North) side.  She has beautiful bones…North 081017 204 There is 2024sf of interior living space on two floors.  The upper level is where you live: great room, fireplace,
kitchen and bath.

The lower level has two master suites/ library and laundry/utility. There is a two car garage.




1000sf of decking surrounds the entire second level.  The backside overlooks Pyramid Point and Good Harbor Bay.

“North”North 081017 225 is my “Frank Lloyd Wright”. So many of  her”markings” reflect his philosophical belief : .A home is an extension of our earth… It should flow into “one”.

Beginning to visualize what can be…
Her needed exterior repairs go unnoticed without a close review.

The windows are original: painted wood, single pane.  They were installed in the 70’s.  The long extended overhang and impeccable maintenance has contributed to far exceeding the life expectancy of any window.


 Adventure #1:  The building is stucco over concrete block and the windows are inserted into the block.  This is not standard window installation. How do I replace 10 windows in the most prudent manner while keeping the visual integrity of the building in place?
…on it!

Looking at what is….
seeing what could be.
…this is what I do best.

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