One of the first things that we noticed prior to buying our home is that it still had its original windows. Our place was built in the 1970s and is considered a contemporary home for the time. There is charm all over our little home, that much is certain. More charm than you would find in a new build, for sure. Trust me, we looked.
In my opinion, the windows weren’t anything ultra special. They weren’t wood or corner windows or framed by some super cool architectural design. For the most part, they were just bent and inefficient. More concerning, was that the spring/lock system was broken on a few of the windows which created a slammed-finger hazard and, of course, those windows were in the rooms assigned to our kids. Of course, right? I probably would’ve ignored the windows for a year or so had the issues been in the kitchen or the master bedroom but when the inspector showed me the issue, I knew our window project would need to be moved to the top of our ‘To-Do’ list.
Here’s what our original windows did offer: they had muntins (the grid design which adds character and reinforces the glass) which I loved and they were huge. Standard windows just aren’t made in this size anymore which is a bummer since the house didn’t have a lot of access to natural light in the first place. Each room, except for my son’s room who lucked out with two (!) , only has one window. Eventually, I would like to add french doors that lead to the backyard which will give a lot more light to the dining/kitchen/living room areas thanks to the open floor plan. That’s besides the point.
We decided to replace rather than restore for these reasons:
- Our home, while considered old, is not historical
- We were inclined to put new windows in RJ’s room to put our mind at ease about the original’s, faulty spring/lock.
- We already had credit with a company that did replacement, not restoration and we didn’t want to deplete our cash or get another line of credit.
Mainly, new windows were in our best interests due to our readily available resources and the convenience of it all. Not having to research credible contractors, get referrals, etc. After the year we have had, just thinking about all of the extra work restoration would’ve taken was for non-historical, semi-old windows gave me slight anxiety and who needs that?!
With aaaall of that being said, new windows will be going in next week! I’m so glad to be putting this part of the house renovation behind us.
Until next time!