For some reason, installing the windows in the house made it really look like a house. I mean, WINDOWS. Where are all the heart-eye emojis? I want to use them ALL.
We talked a little about our choice of aluminum clad Pella windows back in March, when we started the ordering process. And they have been sitting in Pella storage for over a month, waiting for us to catch up and get the roof installed.
But early last week, the truck arrived and unloaded 20 windows and four doors. Woot. Woot.
And within two days, Ryan and our dads had all the first and second floor windows in. On the first evening alone, Ryan and his dad had 9 windows installed.
(We followed these instructions online, so I’m not going to rehash the process.)
And that gorgeous front door. We actually took off soon after for some summer traveling, but it’s pretty well protected from the elements at this point, which is a relief.
Here’s a closer look at our front door. The door choice was a challenge for us. I originally wanted a Craftsman-style door (smaller windows and recessed panels). But in the end, I think this style is a better fit for our house. More of a traditional feel. And the 3/4 window on the door will let in a ton of light.
I’m regretting not including the grates on the door, but I think once it’s painted and the porch installed, it will be great.
Outside, we chose black aluminum for some contrast. I’m pretty much obsessed with this look.
As a reminder, we chose simulated light-divided grills. This means that the grills are on the outside of the glass, to look a little more authentic. Our goal was to look like this house could have been an old farmhouse. And we feel like these fit that feel.
Our local rep did remind us that the simulated-light grills will be a bit in the way while cleaning windows, but since we were just doing one grill down the center, it will be fine.
And who really cleans windows anyway? 😉
It’s a challenge for me to take photos inside, but I wanted to show how the interiors are a white color. We chose the brightest white paint offered on the wood windows. (This is our kitchen.)
The inside of the windows also have the grills in white. You can sort of spot the black on the outside from a certain angle, but I was surprised that I barely noticed that the inside and outside were different colors. (This is the living room window.)
We chose the brown hardware, which should coordinate well with the oil rubbed hardware we are using throughout the house. There are also handles that are in storage with the screens for now.
All the windows still have plastic cling on the inside and outside. I’d love to remove it to take in the view, but we decided to keep it for some protection while working on the house. The view from our dining room bump-out is probably my favorite.