- first impressions count
- it can maximise your favourite views
- you want it to compliment your design scheme
- you can incorporate and benefit from your house's aspect and the surrounding climate
- it brings the outdoors in, by opening up your home
When we bought our home we had no intention of changing the windows and doors (besides the front colonial styled door). I remember our words were 'for an older home, the windows and doors slide really easy, its great!'. Then we lived there for 6 months and felt imprisoned by our doors and windows. Why? Because they had terrible security screens on them. They were brown aluminium, fitted with security screens. When inside our home your eye naturally got stuck on the timber brown frame and screen and the outside living didn't flow from the inside living. The solution? The windows and doors had to go! We fitted doors and windows with a brushed white aluminium frame to match the white internal walls, now our eye flows straight from the inside to out. But do you know the best bit?
There is now no way to tell the age of our home! We have shaved at least 10 years off its life, simply by replacing the doors and windows and modernising it.
A progress photo, removing the rear sliding door
A before photo
An after photo
We decided that to be able to afford to replace all of the windows and doors of our home, we would install the standard sliding option. There was two things we did change however, one was the large fixed pane window you can see in the photo above in our lounge room. This took up valuable wall space and also gave us minimal privacy being at the front of the home. We also had two bedrooms at the front of the house which had sliding doors leading out and onto the front verandah. As the bedrooms are small in size, it made sense to replace the windows with doors, as once again it provided more wall space and privacy at the front of the house.
They look fantastic and as we had to remove the colonial styled architrave, we updated them with a modern splay finish whilst we were at it...goodbye 1980's home, hello modern home!
You have to agree, the difference it makes is Amaaaaaazing! :)
Front Verandah & Entrance to Our Home - Before
Front Verandah & Entrance to Our Home - After
Guest Room - Before
But do you know one of the best best about this whole project? I was able to recycle all of the old windows and doors. If you know me, you will know I hate waste. Once all of the windows and doors were replaced I put the old ones up on Gumtree (a buy/swap/sell site) and within FOUR MINUTES (no joke!) I had a phone call saying they will come and pick them all up and reuse them in their home renovation, leaving two very happy reno'ers and more money in our pocket after saving $100's of dollars on tip fees :)
Thanks for reading, I would love to know your thoughts on our door & window makeover, please post a comment below...