Monday, July 16, 2012

July 11, 2012 - Garage and Windows

Well, it's official!  We have windows, doors, a porch, and a garage! 

We are loving the look of the house with the porch on, and I think it will be such a nice place to sit and watch the kids play in the neighborhood when they get older.

The garage looks enormous, party because it had to be raised up to meet the grade of the alley in back, and partly because of the deep trusses required to accommodate the future green roof.  Once we get the yard finish graded and add some raised beds I think it will feel a little less massive, and of course that green roof will be well worth the little bit of extra height!

The other bonus is that between the garage and the huge tree, the rear of the house is actually very private:

When you do get past the tree though, you can see our windows!  We are so glad we decided to go with the black frames, and can't wait to see it all come together with siding and trim. The doors will be painted too, but we weren't 100% sure if we wanted black or the dark grey trim color, so we decided to get them pre-primed and figure that out once the siding is on.

We went with a triple-pane vinyl window with Krypton gas between the panes, which give us an R-value of 5.56 (or U-value of 0.18).  For those who haven't done hours of research into energy-efficient windows, this is pretty close to the best performance you can get in a window outside of some crazy-expensive European ones, so we're pretty excited to see how they feel in the dead of winter.

We love our windows from the inside too.  My favorite is the one above our bed in the Master Bedroom.  I just love the little view of rooftops and trees that it frames out!

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