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Closing in windows

When we built the East Wing, we made the entire south wall out of old windows reclaimed from an abandoned school.

Building constructionUnlike the double-glazed windows in the trailer, the single-glazed windows in the East Wing make winters frigid.  And in the summer, the interior bakes.

The right thing to do is probably to take out the windows and rebuild the wall, but I decided to just add extra insulation and cover them up.

If we ever need glass, we'll know where to find it.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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