First, the before. Please observe the lovely square paneling, which as it turned out was nailed directly to the studs and had no insulation behind it.
Now, the during. As it turned out, the plate below this wall had been eaten through by carpenter ants (thanks for not catching that, home inspector). So, the whole wall had to come off and be rebuilt. The photo below is taken from outside the front of the house, looking in through where the living room window used to be.
Here's the rebuilt wall with the new window installed. That's my dad in the charming hat--he did most of the carpentry on the house and oversaw all the subcontractors. He is pretty much a construction guru and I am unbelievably lucky that he was able to come and do so much on this project.
Here's the living room after it was painted and the floors were refinished.
The after. This was taken this past weekend. It's come a long way!