Monday, October 5, 2009

La, la, la

La, la, la, at last, at last. Windows, my friends, windows! Windows that work, that we can open, windows that we can actually see out of! Oh, but they are so pretty. They are also very, very clean so, might I suggest you take a good look now? I can assure you they will not stay that way for long. In fact, one screen has a teensy tear in it already. An errant football throw, I fear. Boo Hoo. Oh, well, such is life with happy, busy children. Look at sweet, old Luna laying there. I think she likes them too. She's probably just hiding from errant footballs. We're still waiting on the two big ones which are on special order. Apparently, they are on specialspecial order as it's been forever since we ordered them. I'd like to give a shout out to David Duarte of Duarte Construction (david@duarteconstruction.com) who helped us choose the Andersen windows and did a great install job. We were very,very happy with him. Nope, we did not get any discount (oh, as if) nor does he even know I'm posting this. It's just an honest referral because he did a great job and we like him very much.
Here's an outside shot. I saw this trim on a new construction in Hyde Park. True to form, I slammed on the brakes and took pictures to bring home to Jackdaddy. He was so relieved to have some fancy-shmancy trim to make. He thought for a minute that he would be making quick and easy "normal" trim. (Surely he knows better by now.) I really like the slightly whimsical look of this trim. It also has an Asian feel to it which I like although, my house has no real Asian-vibe. Oh, wait, I have a cool dragon on the porch that I got at a garage sale. It was over priced, but they were closing up when I stopped by and the woman finally relented on the price. I still paid $5 which is a tad high in my book. I do love that dragon though. A guy who specializes in Feng-shui came by my house one time with a friend and he complimented me on my excellent use of the dragon for Feng-shuiness. I didn't have the heart to tell him I just put her out there for looks. If she's doing some Feng-shiu mojo, I'm all for it!
Here's another shot of the new windows, this time while open. The install coincided perfectly with this lovely fall weather we've been having. Here in Texas we get to open our windows about 6 weeks of the entire year. I think we might have gotten an extra week or two this year. They still need to be caulked (hint, hint to you-know-who) and painted, but I just love them so.
If you stop by I'll let you play with them. Now, isn't that neighborly of me?
P.S. I forgot to say that my dear friend, neighbor, and gardener extraordinaire, Paige, took the old windows and is using them in her greenhouse that will support our neighborhood urban farm, Urban Patchwork.

17 comments:

  1. Very cool! And the trim is FANTASTIC! Please pass along my compliments. Who knew happy windows and screens were so important?

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  2. Thanks Miss Iris. I figured that if I waited 4,000 years for new windows then I could at least treat them right.

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  3. They're beautiful. Now you've really got me wanting to replace my horrid, shiny aluminum-with-fake-mullions '70s windows. Ugh.

    I like your new header too.

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  4. Thank you, Pam. We both gave a little facelift action today, didn't we? I couldn't decide whether to keep the same picture always, or change it. I guess I'll just be trial and erroring for awhile. Of all the things we've done to the house, the windows were the creme de la creme. HUGE difference.

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  5. I think you have done a fabulous job on your home but I think this is just the bestest best of all.
    I really do not like carpenter work but my husband does so we are off to work on a barn we have built on our new property. No money for a new house but maybe that will come soon.
    Merrymerry

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  6. Love, love, love those windows. I need to get my husband to read your blog so he'll get a little competitive (in a good way) and get on the carpentry kick. That way he'd be motivated to make faster progress on our house and yard! He enjoys carpentry work, but sometimes he needs a kick in the pants to get started. I'm still waiting for my three raised veggie beds, for example. And they're quick to make!

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  7. Ohhh - new windows.... We only need to replace every one of ours but can't afford it currently. I will simply drool over yours and dream for the time being. Just the ticket and the framing makes them extra special. Second the thumbs up for the new header btw. Totally fun for October.

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  8. Hello the curious Holts!

    I just found and suscribed to your fun blog via Pam, and thought I would introduce myself to you. It is always great to hear, and read about new austin bloggers and find out what they are up to. Pam really has her green finger on the Austin gardening pulse!

    Your ganja smokin' devil dude article had me laughing out loud. Really happy to find you, and I look forward to following your future posts.

    ESP.

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  9. Thank you, everyone! I am just thrilled with them. We saved forEVER for them and they are worth every penny.

    Meredith... the ONLY reason those windows got trimmed out so fast is that a good rain will totally screw up the install w/o the trim. Trust me, nothing, but nothing gets done quickly around here.

    ESPatch - oh, i know and LOVE your blog. You just went to Scotland!! I'm an Irish girl by blood and love Scotland too. Have you heard of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon? I'm outing myself slightly as they are historical fiction with a slight bodice-ripping vibe, but OH so good and OH so Scottish. Your bangers photos made my mouth water. Thanks for stopping by.

    Merrymerry and TexasDeb...if I win the lottery, I'll give y'all some money for your new windows and house, OK?

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  10. Give Paige our address. We have LOTS of stuff that I would dearly love to part with. Of course I would have to send hubby on a long trip but I'll bet he would never miss one single thing.
    Merrymerry

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  11. Merrymerry,

    I know Paige would LOVE to have all the goodies at your house...so would I!

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  12. Gawjus Windows and still sparkling clean. I love windows. Can't have too many, I think.
    Muddyhands

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  13. Muddyhands...love the name. Don't think I wasn't wishing I had more, more, MORE windows!

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  14. Awesome new windows! Your house looks great! I'd love to be able to stop by and play with them. Maybe December? Miss you all!

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  15. Oh, Lizette, we'd LOVE to see you guys. I bet the boys are so big now. DO come by if y'all come in.

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