Happy Wednesday friends! To start, I thought a CAD drawing of the new addition would provide an idea of what we have been working on around here!
And if you missed a photo of where we are at now… here it is!
I have been so excited and anxious about windows! You can’t tell from my photos, but the current windows are Vinyl replacement windows most likely from the 80s! There is nothing wrong with vinyl windows, except ours are all fogged up and you can barely see out of them! Gosh, I just can’t wait for the day I can be inside and have the sun shinning in with a view! I wish this house still had its original wood frame wavy glass farmhouse windows, but not a one made it to the time we purchased the place! I say I wish this house still had those windows, but of course I’m sure they were not very energy efficient either. I’ve been slowly doing my research regarding windows for the last few months, and let me tell you one thing… A window isn’t just a window.
I purchased the first window for the house in our kitchen. I bought it over the phone with a vision in my head, but reality hit when the window arrived and that vision did not meet reality. A window isn’t just a window. There are so many options if you really take the time to look. And this time around, I wasn’t going to make that mistake again.
This barn here has been my inspiration. The hubby put it together out of scrap wood left over from building fences, and I found a handful of old windows off Facebook to utilize.
I realized my heart was set on wood interior windows with exposed panes. From there I started receiving quotes, meeting a few great salesman and even stopping into a few showrooms. After months and months of window shopping I finally settled on Sierra Pacific windows. I chose their Westchester line as it is geared to resemble that of a historic window, double hung, and with all wood interior and an all clad exterior. They are built to quality. The all clad exterior are fully encased in heavy-duty, extruded aluminum that’s twice as thick as roll-form cladding. From their mitered corners, to their solid build, they had my whole heart.
Now for the color choice. I had reached out through social media asking if you could choose what would you pick? There are more choices than I ever imagined possible, and honestly to begin I had it in my head I would be picking white or black.
As time passed, I gained a little more confidence. You see windows are a BIG deal! I can’t just change them out if I decide ten years down the road I chose wrong! This may have been one of the most challenging decisions I’ve had to make on this house to date!
Above image from Pinterest.
I kept thinking I wanted this house to look like a historic home. Like someone years ago may have decided they wanted to paint their old wood windows to freshen the house up a bit. And that’s when I decided I can’t do black. Black is beautiful, don’t get me wrong. But it just wasn’t for me.
Back to the drawing board I thought. Black wasn’t “the one,” and white, well its just white! Simple, boring, and what every house has.
Here is a shot of the contenders-
I carried this color wheel around everywhere. I mean EVERYWHERE. I’m sure if you were to look now they would have food and water stains from so much use. Inside the home I thought linen it is. 100% it screamed to me. Outside is another story. Our roof is grey (oh yeah, and don’t forget roof color is huge when choosing a color! In the sun linen looks more yellow, French linen looked slightly purple, and white actually felt more like ice blue! Gosh what was I to do! And then it hit me.
Here it is. My final answer. The perfect amount of color on a white house, and truly just the perfect shade of taupe. Seawolf.
**This post is made in partnership with Sierra Pacific, but all thoughts are my own.