The painters have finished all the major scraping and sanding and applied the first coat of primer. Next they do spackling, more spot sanding, and another coat of primer. The carpenters still have some rotten wood siding and crown moulding to replace, too.
The crooked column will be replaced.
Our original windows are double hung but the tops have been painted shut for many years until they unstuck them—no small feat. I’ve never seen them work this way, where you can lower the top half or raise the bottom half—very cool!