New Year, New Windows

Wow, 2015 is here! And what better way to usher in the year than with a new update on the windows I had installed. When navigating the challenges of an older home, you can pretty much assume that the windows are going to be drafty, cracked and energy inefficient. Windows are an investment that many homeowners don't delve into, but I felt it was a much needed upgrade for this old home.

The benefits of new windows in this house would be (1) big savings on the energy bill... and with blazing summers here in Texas, that's a big deal and (2) bringing in more natural light, ding ding ding! When working with older homes and lower ceilings, natural light is a sure remedy to help create more open environments.

After researching many different window companies, I landed on Pella Windows. They were timely, had great financing options and were super detailed with the different tiered pricing plans. I highly recommend! Below you'll see a layout of what I brought the sales re and the different locations of the windows I would be replacing. 

THe Plan

Windows G (Master Bedroom) and Windows E (Living Room) required more structural support to allow for larger windows to be installed. New headers were placed above to support the weight of the windows. 

Windows G (Master Bedroom) and Windows E (Living Room) required more structural support to allow for larger windows to be installed. New headers were placed above to support the weight of the windows. 

Master Bedroom

Here's the before/after of the windows in the master bedroom. I wanted something special for the master bedroom, so I decided on this large window that spans a whopping ten feet, which is pretty much the size of that wall. It has a 4'x5' picture window sectioned between two 3'x5' single hung windows. It really brightens up the space with a view of the backyard.

BEFORE

AFTER

LIving Room

One thing I noticed was that there was no easy way to access the backyard. The options were to either go around the house or through the garage which really wasn't practical. So I decided to bust open the back wall of the living room to make room for a set of 4-panel double sliding glass doors. Huge impact and practical access! The natural light really opens up the space and with easy access to the backyard, it boosts the entertaining factor of this home. 

BEFORE

AFTER

In light of this post, I thought I would leave you with this quote:

In my view, no space without natural light is worthy of human occupation.     - John Saladino

-M.