May 08, 2012

Windows!

It's amazing how different the house looks with new windows.  Almost doesn't look haunted anymore --well, maybe just the third floor.

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We went with charcoal grey exteriors instead of the white that was originally there, but tried to keep some of the original look by adding grilles to the front bay windows. 


So many neighbours have commented on how nice the grilles look-- almost original to the house. I wanted them above eye level so we'd still have a clear view out (currently to a port-a-potty!)



We ended up buying our windows from Trimbo Windows.  Our contractors have worked with them for about 10 years and recommended them.  We did use Trimbo for the basement windows of our current house and were very happy with them, but I thought I should still shop around for such a large item.  


We looked at 3 other companies for windows.  One that does only wood windows, one that does both wood and vinyl, and another vinyl company.  Vinyl windows have come a long way apparently, and both wood window companies couldn't give us a better reason for buying wood other than the look of it.  And that is pretty much only from the inside as well with a clad window.  I personally couldn't tell the difference from the outside between a vinyl window and a clad wood window (which we would have done since we don't want the upkeep of wood exterior windows).  But the cost is considerably more.  They ended up being quoted to us at approximately 3 times the cost of Trimbo windows. That just seemed crazy!  We did get quotes from other vinyl companies as well and they all came in higher than Trimbo with nothing more to offer in terms of quality or energy efficiency.  This is probably because Trimbo manufactures their own windows.  


We couldn't be happier with our decision!  Honestly, the guys at Trimbo have been fabulous to work with.  It is a family run business and they are all so knowledgeable about their product.  They are also extremely fast!  We got our windows-- all 28 of them-- in 3 weeks!  I don't know if that is normal for them or if it was because of their long standing relationship with our contractor, or if we were just lucky with our timing.  I've talked to some friends who have waited months for their windows.  Holmes on Homes apparently works with these guys and I can see why.


This is my fake corner window.  The big one was a beast!  It took 4 men to carry it.  I couldn't watch that one going in-- I was too afraid of it getting dropped into the ravine!


After installing this one, our contractor pulled off all the Trimbo stickers and stuck them back on upside down.  This was their little joke on my dad.  They figured he would come by and flip that the window was installed upside down.  I unfortunately couldn't be there for that and don't know if the plan worked.  Funny if it did!


18 comments:

  1. Wow, they look fantastic! Great selection for the house

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  2. These windows look amazing...turning into a really beautiful home!

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  3. Thanks so much! It was a big decision. So glad you think it worked out.

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    1. Thanks, Sonja! So glad you like it.

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  5. Wow, those windows look amazing! I love your choice of colour and design. In my experience three weeks is really fast. On my first house it took about five weeks for the windows to be ready, and on my current house it took about six weeks. So i'm definitely keeping Trimbo in mind for the future.

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  6. OMG - i also just recognized the house beyond the porta potty as one, i once made an offer on and didn't get a long, long time ago. Haha, and there it is above the porta potty taunting me again.

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    1. No way! We could have been neighbours! We've been on the street for 9 years now. I seem to remember that house needed a lot of work as well.

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  7. Wow, I love how the charcoal exteriors look with the brick -- and those bay windows? Gorgeous! The view from your large corner window is so refreshing, you really have a gem in this house. :)

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    1. Thanks Martina. The view out the back is what really sold us on the house. It's getting so much nicer with all the leaves coming out as well.

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  8. Your house is looking great! I love how the grey exterior of the windows blend with the red bricks of the house. It is a good thing to explore your option first before buying anything, and it is also good to get recommendations so that you will find the right person to do the job. Hope to see the outcome of all the work; surely your house will look beautiful.



    @ Nancy Ferdinand

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  9. I agree. With the new windows, your house looks more beautiful! Well, nowadays, people are now paying attention to window installation that can add to the aesthetic value of their homes. They try to use the right color and frame that can complement the whole house design. Anyway, I hope the new look of the window adds to the beauty of the whole house.


    Marla Hinds

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  10. Being recommended by your own contractor can really mean that the window company quality of work and service is reputable. And, I think it is good that you ended up going for them, as they have done a remarkable job installing all 28 of your windows in just 3 weeks. By the way, the windows look beautiful. It is great that you decided to go for the charcoal grey color, as it complements the color of the brick.



    Li Ayers

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  11. A lovely view like this must be enjoyed, and one way to do that is by having a large window in your house. Having windows around opens up your house to the outside environment. Installing new windows is a good investment, and look at how it added appeal to the overall look of your house. Congrats!

    -Ashlee Starns

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  12. Well, these windows certainly looked great in your house considering the place and the environment your house had been built in. You'd have a perfect view of your yard or even the mountains with those windows installed. By the way, did you combine aluminum and vinyl for your windows? If you did, this should prevent warping dilemmas in the future.

    Roxie Tenner

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