Thursday, November 17, 2011

Through The Looking Glass

A couple weeks ago we ordered new windows. Since we have an old house there are a LOT of windows. Something along the lines of 38 on just the first and second floors (add around another dozen for the basement as well). Two were replaced during the bathroom construction. But that still leaves 36 old, drafty, noisy, warped, broken windows that need replacing.

So we started with 16. We went for windows that were in the worst shape and in rooms where we would be most. The living room was top priority since there were eight original windows that were warped and all sorts of a mess. The two in the dining room finished off the first floor windows (chosen because they were original like the living room, the dining room is open to the living room, and one window was cracked). And then 6 windows on the second floor. Two in the master bedroom to help keep it warmer and quieter while we sleep. Then one each in the stairwell, closet, and each additional bedroom. And since multiple of those were broken (one was at one point being held up by a hanger), they seemed like a logical choice to replace in the first round (even tho the extra bedrooms probably wont be used very often).

We opted for vinyl instead of wood. They were less expensive and much less maintenance. And with 36 windows, those were both huge factors. Though we did want to keep with the character of the house as much as possible. So we went with wood look on the interior. While we don't have the option to stain them to perfectly match every variation in the trim work (because no two rooms are exactly the same), they match good enough in our opinion. The living room actually matches nearly perfectly. We also got grids for the living room and master bedroom windows (the ones in the front of the house) to try to stay true to the age of the house.

We already notice a difference from the old windows. The house is so much quieter and warmer. At least in the rooms with the new windows.

And in case you didn't know, children can't fly. At least outside of their imaginations.

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