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!
After a few considerations, we decided to have California Closets come in and work some magic on our incredibly small closet space. I sat down with an amazing Cal-Closet designer, told her exactly what I wanted (remember the wish list I had?) and watched her design it out right in front of my eyes.
Now, I knew my closet was going to have its limitations. It has two sliding doors so, unless I wanted to change the door function which I did not, Red and I will never be able to grab clothes on the same schedule. Only one side of the closet is accessible at any given time. Remember, it’s a reach-in closet so even though I want counter space, I definitely wasn’t going to get some kind of wonderful closet-island/countertop during our design session. I understood all of that but still wanted everything on my wish list and Jamie, my designer, worked it all out.
We are getting a super functional layout that is going to maximize the 87″ x 22″ space and update the room in a really bright and modern way.
Both Red and I will split the space equally (unfortunately) 😉 . He will get two hanging areas as will I and he will take the top 3 drawers and the very top, center, shelf. Since his is 6’5″, I thought that was only fair. Jamie made a joke that she could never live with this closet; she’s 5’1″; it was pretty funny. The open shelving next to the drawers is for shoes. Maybe a few of my favorite purses. I’m not sure yet but we are still a ways off from filling this closet in. Luckily, he has no need for a bunch of shoe space so I’ll get to take over some of the “his” shoe area. Yay!
We are on the waiting list for installation now that the design has been approved and I can’t wait to get this part of our home checked off of my ‘To-Do’ list.
Until Next Time!