Monday, November 5, 2007

The blessing of windows

As I mentioned previously, We were given three 4x6 picture windows. Two of these we installed in the living room, they are flanking the future fireplace/hearth for the Kuma stove we hope to purchase. The third is horizontal in the kitchen, making a nice seating area with a view.

The two front windows are Pella windows, much like the ones in my parents house, with a picture window in the middle and opening windows on each side. We bought these used three years ago. They have blinds inside the glass. The highlight of all the windows are the two sets of french doors, one for the dining room and one for the Master bedroom.

Installing a window in a log house means first cutting the proper size hole in the wall with the chain saw. this must be precise, which is difficult with a chainsaw, you must make sure the chain is sharp. Secondly, the hole must be chiseled and sanded to be exactly level and perfectly sized for the frame that must be built to go around the window itself. The third is building the frame. We used 2x12, nailed it together, then screwed it into the log wall with lag screws after making sure it was square and level. Next, we made quarter round with the router and table saw, using the chop saw for the angled corners. We glued and nailed this to the edge of the frame. Then, after spreading window sealant around it was finally time for the blessed glass itself! But, before we could stand back and admire, we needed to nail more quarter round on the inside of the frame, securing the window in place. Eventually, there will be molding to go around the frames, but for now, there is just tons of foam insulation. It such a wonderful feeling to get another window installed, each one is a thrill, as the house starts to take shape and we imagine what the rooms will look like. We envision watching deer out the living room windows, throwing open the french doors in the summer for an evening of hospitality in the fresh air, and taking in the beautiful woods that surround Providence Lodge. Aaahh, it's a good feeling.


  1. Wow!! How exciting to see all the work you have done, and how the Lord has glorified Himself as He directs and provides for this amazing home!! It is gorgeous!! We soooo look forward to seeing the finished product someday:-)

    We loved meeting your precious family! Such kindred spirits! Thanks again for opening your hearts to us. We had such a great time with you guys in Fernwood!

    Love in Christ,

    Lisa Jost for all the Josties

  2. Beautiful blog. It's so nice to see closeups and detailed descriptions to help those of us in the beginning stages. It's even more encouraging to see believers acknowledge the Lord's presence and hand in their lives.

    I would like to discuss some aspects of your project via e-mail if you don't mind. I didn't see an e-mail link in your blog, so could you contact me at, please? If you'd like to see our log home progress, visit Hope to hear from you soon.

    In Him,

  3. Hello!
    Great work your family is doing there! I've looked through many of your photos.

    My name is Darren and my wife and I are new to North Idaho. We moved here from Florida last year.

    Was wondering if we could visit your property sometime. It might help me to explain to her the process and get her excited about us building our own log home. I attended the LHBA seminar last year but she didn't.

    Anyways, my e-mail is
    Love to hear from you,

    thanks, Darren


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