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To Add to the Holiday Madness

December 24, 2010

To add to the absolute holiday madness, it seemed only appropriate that with company coming over on the evening of the 23rd, that our house looked like this on the evening of the 22nd.

Seriously!  Not even kidding!  Ahhh…of course, the best laid plans never quite work out the way you expect.  We were supposed to have brand spanking new windows last week Saturday, but the 6 days or torrential down pour kind of ruined those plans.  So, needless to say, on the morning of 12/23, the first time our eyes have seen the sunshine in nearly a week, we had a group of guys come over to install the windows, and we had to move all of our furniture out of the way that could potentially block the installation process.

It has been a less than pleasant experience to say the least, but I’ll spare you the boring details.  Let’s just say, I was ready to get the old suckers out of my house (see below), and enjoy a 30% tax rebate as long as the new ones were in by the end of the year.

Now, you can’t tell from looking at that picture, but you could literally FEEL the draft coming through these windows.  The windows on one side of the house had been replaced (Home Depot, new construction style), and we were shivering (LITERALLY!) with excitement to get the new, custom built windows with E3 glass in on the “bedroom half” of the house!  (LoE3 is the most energy efficient, I’m told.  It’s also what makes you eligible for the tax credit–though I’m not a tax person, so you should really check with a real expert if you’re looking for tax and window advice.)

ANY hoo, our family and friends have been very gracious about not complaining about the windows in the guest bedroom, but our puppy was pretty chilly when we got him out of his crate one morning.  That was “mommy and daddy” wake-up time.  The tax credit didn’t hurt either–but it’s great to check another big to-do off of our list.

[Insert gratuitous photo of cute child puppy that was previously seen shivering under the cold window in his crate].

Alas, what you have all been waiting for:

I’m not even exaggerating when I tell you that we can already tell the difference!  Our house is significantly warmer, and we no longer need to run the thermostat at 74 degrees to keep the house a comfortable temperature when it is 50 degrees out.  So far, we’ve been able to lower it 3 degrees.  And if you know me at all, you know that’s saying alot…right, Grandmom? 😉 [Grandmom and I like to wear sweaters and run the heater if it’s under 70 degrees.  We’re kindred spirits that way].

And for those of you wondering–yep!  Our house was entirely put back together by the time we had company over this evening.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 24, 2010 12:36 am

    We did that the first year we moved in. Made the BIGGEST difference and it looked amazing!! Nice work guys!


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