Windows

Empire State Building Goes Green

Empire State Building Goes Green

Big news – literally. USA Today reports that the Empire State Building is going green, one window at a time. As part of an effort to go green, the 6,514 double hung windows are being replaced one at a time in order to save about $4.4 million a year in […]

How To Replace A Broken Window Pane

How To Replace A Broken Window Pane

The only time I’ve ever inadvertently broken a glass window was when I locked my brother out of the house during dessert. He was so angry he tapped on the glass until I’d let him inside. Needless to say I didn’t let him back in and he knocked until he […]

Fix A Screen Window Tear

Fix A Screen Window Tear

In all my excitement that a) our President was actually in my part of the country and b) that the weather is finally warm again, I accidentally tore a tiny hole in my screen window by rushing to open it this afternoon. Whoops. I found out exactly how to fix […]

An Unlikely Glass Garden Shed

An Unlikely Glass Garden Shed

I am so glad that Treehugger spotted this garden shed in World Architecture News, called The Wendy House. I read about so many new green designs and eco-homes that it takes a lot for something to take my breath away. But Amir Sanei’s renders me speechless. Situated in his own […]

Bloomingdales Big Window Challenge:Vote for Max

Bloomingdales Big Window Challenge:
Vote for Max

We pride ourselves on being a bipartisan blog but when it comes to voting in the Big Window Challenge we’ve put our support behind the meticulously appointed window of Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan of Apartment Therapy. This challenge also includes Eddie Ross of ELLE DECOR and Eilene Joyce of Bloomingdales. We’d choose […]

Reconsider Replacing Windows

Reconsider Replacing Windows

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing renovation consultant, Bruce Irving and he shared with us his pet peeve which is homeowners who spend big money to replace windows all in the name of saving energy. Unless your windows are leaking like crazy or falling apart, Bruce recommends upgrading your […]

What it Takes to Install a Skylight

What it Takes to Install a Skylight

Before beginning any project, be sure to consult with your state and building codes. Also be sure to follow proper safety precautions, when you’re installing the skylight. After you choose your skylight, curb-mounted or frame in place, you will then need to know how to install it. First gather your […]

Window Shopping: Andersen vs. Pella Replacement Windows

Window Shopping: Andersen vs. Pella Replacement Windows

Replacing your homes windows is no small undertaking, either in time or money. The two major players in replacement windows are Pella and Andersen Windows. Both types of brands of windows are widely available so where do you start when comparing the differences between the two window giants? Calfinder has […]

Jabba the Hut’s Palace Needs a Makeover

Jabba the Hut’s Palace Needs a Makeover

In one of the most bizarre blog entries we’ve ever seen, Cal Finder has chosen to break down what type of window replacement various Star Wars characters should need. They’ve coined this new organization, Allied Forces Inter-Galactic Window Replacement Task Force (AFIGWRTF). We like what they’ve suggested for the Jedi […]

Energy Efficient & Private: Between-Glass Blinds

Energy Efficient & Private: Between-Glass Blinds

We had the pleasure of chatting with Rafael from Coast Door & Hardware this morning. He walked us through some window blind options as we are doing some investigating for the parents who are building a new home in Las Vegas. It’s a prairie home with very large windows throughout […]

I Can See Clearly Now, the Toxins are Gone

I Can See Clearly Now, the Toxins are Gone

In our ongoing quest to consider “greener” solutions to cleaning products that don’t leave a toxic residue or acidic odor, the New York Times has conducted a field test of numerous window cleaners. It turns out the water, vinegar, rubbing alcohol based cleaners was very effective and they also highly […]

Tax Credit for New Windows

Tax Credit for New Windows

Although we don’t condone replacing windows for the sole purpose of “going green” or because they just need some TLC such as new weather-stripping or insulation, if new windows are a necessity then now is a great time to look into it as there is now an energy tax credit […]

8 Green Building Mistakes

8 Green Building Mistakes

Jetson Green has highlighted 5 Common Green Building Mistakes and we couldn’t agree more. They include: 1. Wasted Resources – use scraps where possible, save materials for other projects, or donate extras to reuse centers 2. Poorly Selected and Installed Insulation – use blown-in or spray foam insulation products to […]

Blinded by the Light

Blinded by the Light

Window treatments aren’t often considered for areas that require blinds but we’d like to think of these blinds themselves as a window treatment. During the day they soak up the sun and when closed at night they illuminate LED’s in the form of a lamp.

Save Money and Energy by NOT Replacing Windows

Save Money and Energy by NOT Replacing Windows

We’re always happy to see the latest newsletter from Bruce Irving in our email inbox and his latest edition doesn’t disappoint. He selects some of his favorite new products on the market but also weighs in on one of his pet peeves which is homeowners who spend big money to […]

Cut a Hole, Put Window In

Cut a Hole, Put Window In

If installing a new window in a wall were as easy as this description.

Maximize Energy and Luminosity by Day Lighting Your Home

Maximize Energy and Luminosity by Day Lighting
Your Home

“The best way to light a home is God’s way.” –Frank Lloyd Wright As a pioneer in modern day architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright was also a proponent for day-lighting a home which consists of maximizing natural light through roof windows and skylights. Contemporary architects are pushing the window size into […]

Mending Your Window Screens

Mending Your Window Screens

With the warmer weather comes open windows at night and bugs right along with it. Now’s the time to make sure your window screens are in working order with no tears allowing in pests.