Piecemealing an energy retrofit
I live in Minnesota in a 1960s, single-story ranch house. Since we moved in 4 years ago, I’ve been working on ways to improve my energy efficiency and comfort. I’ve already insulated and completely sealed the crawlspace, sealed the attic, and insulated the attic to R-60 with blown cellulose. This year I’d like to replace the original, single-pane, rotting wood windows with fiberglass, triple-glazed windows. Next year I’d like to replace the original Masonite siding and add rigid foam board insulation when I reside.
Given that I know that I want to re-side within the next year, what is the best way to handle the new windows (and patio door) right now? Do I just install them as normal, and when the time comes, they will become “innie” windows? (I’ve read all of the GBA articles on adding foam.) Or is there something that I can do now to make them “outtie” in preparation for the new siding in a year? Or another option?
Also, there are a few details about retrofitting with rigid foam that I didn’t see mentioned in the articles. For example, it would appear that I need to install new plumbing/outdoor faucets to account for the extra wall width, right? And what do I do about my electrical meter that’s mounted on the house? Call an electrician to move it?
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