I've got a few experimental ideas for framing in the remaining windows, but for now I'll keep them to myself until I have a chance to try them out in practice once the weather warms up.
In the meantime, I have been covering up the windows with the clear film that is so common in these parts when the weather turns exceptionally cold and people start to notice frost appearing.
This film is far from clear, especially since I have very limited success getting it to stick completely, and even less success trying to use a hot air dryer on it to make it shrink tight and smooth. Interestingly, the two large patio doors, once sealed up with this film, tend to billow inwards to a significant degree, indicating that there is a large loss of hot air from elsewhere (higher up?) in the cabin. I will have to begin investigating this also when the weather gives me greater leeway to work outdoors. I have a significant plan for another area of the cabin that may go a long way towards dealing with this possibility.
In any case, with the bathroom window being the smallest window in the cabin (tied for that honour with the pantry window), I decided it would be a good candidate for my first "storm window" experiment. In this case, I have decided to put up a piece of acrylic that could cover the entire surface of the window. A quick call to Surecraft and a few days later I had a piece in my hands sized to cover the opening, plus about 3/8" on both sides and top and bottom. I had already worked hard to clean off any residue from the previous temporary plastics.
|Protective layer removed, ready to install. Looks clear!|
|Ready to test out this stuff. Very hopeful!|
|Nearly slid off the top edge!|
|The tape! It does nothing!|
Inside the edge of the upper pane, I put a desiccant bag to help keep out any condensation. I usually put a small thimble with dry rice in the frames of my windows for just this reason, but I had some silica from electronics items, so I thought I'd give it a go.
|Tiny silica bag to help alleviate fogging.|
I'll try to give follow-up in the spring when it comes time to remove the panel.