Sunday, January 20, 2013

Guest House: Windows

Here is a closeup of one of the old windows in the guest house. Metal frame windows from the 1960s or 1970s, you could hardly see out of them. They had both an interior and storm sash in the same casement, making them nearly impossible to clean. They also didn't open very easily and nor were energy efficient. Oh, and they were very ugly, although I suppose I don't need to mention that. 

The window on the right in this photo is that same window, which is located on the east side of the room. The picture window to the left faces north, towards the house. 

Here is the west side of the room, with the west-facing window to the left and the same north-facing picture window to the right. The east and west sides of the room are duplicates of one another. 

Here is the south end of the room, which includes the kitchen area. The bathroom is the door closest to the front door, on the right. The two doors in the foreground on left and right are both closets. 

As we did in the main house, we taped out many window patterns to try to determine the best design and size for the new windows. At first, we considered two-over-two double-hung windows, but in the end we thought that six-over-six would match the house the best (we used six-over-one double-hung in the house), and provide the most dramatic improvement. 

Here is the taping for the west-facing window. We wanted all of the windows (besides the kitchen) to be the same size and design for consistency. We also wanted to keep within standard sizes as custom dimensions are much more expensive. As you can see, we opted to lengthen the window openings. 

Here is the new east side window, after installation. 

Here is the west side window, which is the exact same window as the east side. 
We also used three of the very same windows to replace the north-facing picture window. 

The kitchen window is different in style and size. Due to space restrictions, a double-hung would not fit in this space, so we opted for a picture window with similarly-sized panes to match the new double-hungs in the rest of the room. 

Here is the west side of the room with the new windows installed, and with new paint on the floors, walls, and ceiling. 

Here is the east side. 

The north-facing picture window is now a series of three six-over-six double-hung windows (the same size and style as the two side windows). Although they are three separate windows, they were delivered as one unit. This made installation a lot easier and less costly. 

Lastly, here is the kitchen window.  This window was scooted to the left a bit so that we could replace the old window with something larger. 

Buying new windows for your house is a lot of work. 

We worked with two window dealers but neither of them really took the time to verify that the windows would all match in style, or that the window panes would come out rectangular (cottage style) rather than square (more bungalow style). 

Classic Sash and Door in Portland was the only window dealership that we encountered who paid attention to these types of details. We are out of their delivery range so we couldn't order our windows from them. Even so, they helped us tremendously. This is the second time that they've helped us as we came to them when deliberating on the windows for the main house as well. 

They are fabulous! 

The windows we used for the guest house are from Marvin's Integrity line
Their new Integrity line is almost half the cost of their regular line, without sacrificing quality. 
We used Marvin windows in the main house as well. 

HERE are the after photos from Country Living. 


Donna said...

What a difference. So much brighter and prettier.

Jay said...

Your guest house is gorgeous, I'll look forward to seeing more of it.

Eleanor ~ Ballyhoo & Bedbugs said...

I loved seeing the finished product in Country Living. You two are so talented and thrifty. I hope you have another project up your sleeves to share!

andy said...

Wow that looks great Trina !!!! What a wonderful article cl did also !!! Hope you have a great day and start to your week

Lady Courtney said...

Windows make such a difference, they really set the tone for the style you are trying to create. This whole suite was a great transformation! Great job! donna :)

pve design said...

You really know how to create a "happily ever after"-
The lightness, brightness are beautiful.

Sarah said...

It's so much brighter! The guest house is every bit as lovely as your home...the beadboard ceiling is gorgeous! Your exquisite taste never ceases to amaze me....
All you need now is some guests. :)
Sarah xo

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing. You are so thoughtful about details! If I hadn't seen this, I wouldn't have noticed that a rectangular window pane is more suited to the cottatge style, and that squares are bungalow-like, but you're right. I'm not great at picking out nuances in paint, but I know what I like, and I love your choice of white.

Take good care,

Lee said...

Oh Trina how lovely. You and Mike must be so happy with the outcome. Funny, windows are kind of like eyebrows to the face right? I mean think about it, they give the space expression and change the appearance from dull or dark to open and light. It changes everything. And what miracles can a little paint do right? I love that you documented it, all of it. What a legacy for Margaret and Graham. Love it. So happy for your guests that get to stay there. May God bless it with love and peace and joy.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Lovely windows!

Down On The Farm said...

Wow, that DOES make a tremendous difference. It looks GREAT!!! And doesn't it just FEEL good to accomplish something like that??? Blessings to you!!!

Anonymous said...

Trina. As always Beautiful...and I love all the info you provide...Thank you!

Nantucket Daffodil said...

Love the white white white. So clean. So fresh. So relaxing. Can I move in? Or at least visit ? :)

the growers daughter said...

So open and beautiful. It's the perfect guest house!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

What a great service you did to that little it a much better set of eyes!

lissyparkerltd said...

The windows look great! They are letting in much more light. Post more updates soon.
xo, Lissy Parker

NotesFromAbroad said...

I love the windows and the way the rooms are looking, all that white is wonderful !
I am saving this for my file on When we have our new Old House to renovate / decorate :)

Anonymous said...

Question about the beadboard ceiling: why did you decide to place it on the horizontal? I love the way it looks and would like to know your reasoning behind it.

Will you be posting about the exterior of the guest house in the future?

Thanks for the informative post.
Best wishes,
Karla in CA.

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Karla,
We didn't want the lines to go in the same direction as the wood paneling on walls. Also, it just worked out better for the 'rafters' - hiding the seams.
Yes, I'll post on exterior too.
I thought I'd do all the before and during photos of each project and then do a final after photo post.

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Karla,
We didn't want the lines to go in the same direction as the wood paneling on walls. Also, it just worked out better for the 'rafters' - hiding the seams.
Yes, I'll post on exterior too.
I thought I'd do all the before and during photos of each project and then do a final after photo post.

The Farmer's Wife said...

Your progress is amazing; and, I love checking in and seeing all the changes. If the measurements are handy, I would love to see the difference in area from old windows to new (not meaning to be a high maintenance reader : ). Even without it, the news ones make such a difference. Looking forward to more pictures!

A Country Farmhouse said...

I'll look to see if I have the old measurements!

Ellie VanCaster said...

The transformation so far is absolutely amazing. What a lite, airy space you've created.
Have a good week.

Keeping It Cozy said...

I love getting to read the details behind your renovation. Your attention to detail always amazes me... I have never thought of the rectangular versus square styles. The difference is amazing... the new windows really make the space come together. It looks fresh and beautiful.

the wild magnolia said...

splendid. simplicity..

the wild magnolia said...

splendid. simplicity..

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...


We just ordered windows for our entire house a few days ago- what a coincidence.

I love your guest house and truly enjoyed your Country Living Magazine feature.

Love your blog and your awesome home/decor/products!

Val said...

Yes, lovely difference--so bright and fresh.

bagfashionista said...

would it be possible to share your source for the round kitchen table? I am looking for something similar that would fit in my kitchen. thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

This is a truly stunning transformation. My husband and I are buying out first home and are looking forward to equally as beautiful renovations. Would you mind telling me what color white paint you use?

Thanks! And keep the pictures coming, please :)

Geri Patton said...

Just found your blog and LOVE everything you have accomplished....looks wonderful! I have spent the evening going through all your past reno's.....and will definately be an avid follower....but I do have to ask where you bought your nursery curtains....the link no longer works. Thanks so much & keep up the great work, you are an inspiration!1

A Country Farmhouse said...

They do not sell the curtains anymore I'm afraid. In fact, I don't think the store is in business any longer. I tried looking them up when searching for guest house curtains and couldn't find them.

Agen bola said...

Your house looks very comfortable for me. All made from wood. Mine made from cement and sand.

Anonymous said...

Lovely! Any chance could find out the paint colors used? Love whites/creams but tricky!

A Country Farmhouse said...

Everything was painted Simply White by Benjamin Moore. The floor is a latex based Porch and Floor by Benjamin Moore. It's called Platinum Gray.

Katie Nicoll said...

Oh my! The new windows, the white curtains, and the new paint all made for a heavenly ambiance in your guest room! And I think this project was a worthy investment, particularly the windows. New windows are certainly better than old ones; they are more energy-efficient, and they are easier to clean. Goodbye to draft and stuck windows!

Sbobet said...

Oh my god, just see the picture i be so relax.... the windows and white color plus wood floor. the place so peaceful

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