Post # 1
Absolutely nothing to do with weddings, but I know we aren’t the only newlyweds building a house! We’ve just started getting quotes on windows and doors, and are lost with the number of manufacturers and series/lines.
So far we’ve looked into Intregity by Marvin, Pella ThermaStar 25 series, Silver Line, Vinyl Window Designs Ltd, and Hurd.
Any suggestions from experience on a manufacturer (and the series/line) you’ve been happy with? (or hate?)
Post # 3
We built a house this fall, so I feel your pain on trying to figure out manufacturers, etc. I don’t know what kind of windows ours are; they’re vinyl though, and hung so that the bottom sash comes up, which I prefer to side by side sliders. The hung is also more appropriate for our farmhouse-style home.
I wanted to answer your post, only to say that even double pane, vinyl windows are not impervious to cold climates. We live in Montana, and out 2009-built house still gets frost on the inside panes during really cold nights. We just installed double-cell cellular blinds to add insulation. We got them through Home Depot, and they’re Levalor cordless top down/ bottom up. I love them. We most often drop the top down to about the halfway point on the window, which lets us see out, lets light in, and also still traps all of the cold air at the bottom of the window. Since cold air sinks, the double cell blinds trap that air at the bottom of the window sash, between the blind and the window. It works really well!
Good luck with housebuilding. Ours was done in 10 weeks!
Post # 4
Thank you CHK! We are building the house ourselves — the foundation is done and capped/heated for the winter, and we are hoping to get at least the shell up in 2010 after the winter breaks! Depending on where we are with money, hopefully we can begin working on the inside as well! It will take some time, but we are hoping to come out of this without a mortgage (or at least a huge one).
I’d love to know the manufacturer and series/line your windows are, if you can find out!
PS: We will also be installing 2 sets of sliding/gliding patio doors (most likely – I think we are pretty sure we aren’t going with swinging french doors due to space). Any help on those would also be appreciated!
Post # 5
I’ll try to figure out the window manufacturer for you this week!
Regarding sliding vs. swinging french doors, we chose to install swigning french doors from our kitchen out to our deck/ patio/ driveway area. Both doors swing outward, which in the summer will help us have a really nice traffic flow for patio entertaining.
The doors from the kitchen are under a porch roof. If they weren’t I’d be afraid that deep winter snow would block them from swinging out. We don’t use the kitchen doors much in the winter anyway; our back door is on the same porch and goes into the tiled entry. I’m guessing you get a lot of snow in NY too; so the outward swinging french doors could be problematic with the snow!
Another thing to think about; even though you’re not going to finish the house immediately, you could start some landscaping like trees and bushes that aren’t in the way of construction. You’d get a jump on it, at least!
I’m attaching a picture so you know what I’m talking about with our kitchen doors.