We enter the home through the laundry room. The front door of the house actually faces the back yard, so the side door is towards the driveway. We made the decision to start from this end of the house first for several reason.
1) The exterior wall from the laundry room down to the kitchen window needed serious repair.
2) It's what everyone sees first when they come in.
3) We are wanting to tackle the kitchen first and have it done.
We thought this project would be a weekend project, and take several days, but thanks to the help of our oldest kids, and working together as a family, we knocked it out in a day! We started at 8 am and only broke for meals and drinks. We were finishing up at dusk.
Yes, we decided to take the window out and make it a solid wall. Since we have decided to rip out the wall between the laundry room and kitchen, this will fit perfectly with our new plans for the house. Later the other window pictured will be removed and that will also be solid wall.
And new T1-11 siding on the outside wall. We will be residing the entire house this way to start, then eventually wrapping and residing with new vinyl siding.
We hung dry wall on the interior walls (and I didn't get pics) just before we decided to go full on rip out walls.
But that's a post for another day!