Thursday, August 20, 2009

Home Improvements

A few weekends ago, Derek and I had new windows put in. And for those of you who know me, nothing gets me quite as jazzed as home improvements! I just love updates that improve the look of our house. Here are some before and after pics:

The front of the house before. These windows were painted shut and had the aluminum storm windows which were quite ugly. And after:

Okay, so maybe you don't notice much of a difference, but I do! I think they're beautiful! And they OPEN!
The side windows in the living room and dining room were also unable to be opened. Before:

And above is Annabel's room, which were the worst windows in the house. They were extremely rusted, and one of the panes was broken:

Yuck! So after:

I love that these side windows open out like this. I think it gives it some character, and lets in a much better breeze! I love having open windows! And the insulation value has been great also. Before, Annabel's room has always been the hottest or coldest room in the house (depending on the season, of course!). In the summer you could notice a 5-10 degree difference just walking in her room. Now, nothing. Beautiful! We'll see if we save on our utility bills! 

Here is a picture of Annabel watching Elmo while the window guys were working:

And us, watching Annabel watch Elmo:

Aren't we lazy bums! 
And here's something we've never seen in this house before- curtains blowing in the wind!

Annabel enjoys the breeze, too!

Here she is helping my dad with the bamboo shades:

Doing her "crisscross applesause!" What a cutie!


Rock 'n Roll Momma© said...

nice windows! we aren't homeowners yet, but i can tell you that i will be just as excited as you are about home improvements of any kind. sometimes i just daydream about fixing up my own home, lol. those windows make your house look nicer, and the fact that they open is awesome!!! i'm a sucker for a breeze coming thru an open window!

Tera said...

Lovely windows! We have the casement kind that open out on bottom in our living room right now and I open them a lot! Love the breeze blowing your curtains...just makes you feel like home seeing it! :)