Upkeep and Wow Us Wednesdays 12

4.27.2011

When you own a home there are always things needing to be fixed or updated. It seems to be never ending, but that is part of ownership. We built our house sixteen years ago this month and at the time we put in wooden windows because frankly we couldn't afford better ones. So over the years with all the sun and rain they have slowly rotted. So lucky us we had to purchase some new windows. Thank goodness Mr. Savvy knows how to replace windows since he is the one who put them in when we built.
I have nagged for two years to get this done. When they look this bad it was do it or watch them rot completely away. All these shots are before I got my new camera.


This is what I have been looking at on our dining room. So embarrassing for anyone to walk up to our front door and see this. Ugh! Ignore the man inside and the lady in her yard clothes in the reflection.


Disgusting!


The new ones in and so much better than the old ones. These are tinted and vinyl coated. Should last a lot longer than the wood ones.


The next room that had rotten ones is the guest room. Mr. Savvy replaced the frame only a few years ago and now just the rotten sashes needed to be replaced. These were just as bad as the dining room.





Mr. Savvy working hard to put in the new tracts that these sashes slide into.


My job was cleaning all the windows. These were my tools.


In and finished. These tinted windows should help this room stay a little cooler.

Now we have the other guest room and bonus room to do this year. They have to be completely replaced which requires being cut out of the stucco and the whole new unit going in. Have to nag Mr. Savvy a little more to get him going again. The windows are just sitting in the garage......waiting.


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76 comments:

  1. Kim I never thought about replacing windows. I wonder how long the vinyly ones last? We'll be moving soon anyway so I'll let the next homeowner worry about it. Your new ones look amazing. You are lucky to have a husband that can do this for you.

    Thanks for hosting a great party each week. It's inspiring and is definitely one of the best ones around. There are so many now it's hard to keep up. Great job!

    Warmly, ~Melissa

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  2. Putting in new windows is indeed a job. You will be so happy once the entire house is finished.. and it's good the Mr. can do the job.
    My house has metal but they leak and the a/c is cooling the great outdoors really! As you said, being a home owner, there is always something to do....
    Happy Spring
    Sandy

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  3. Hi Kim, you are so lucky to have a husband who can replace windows and the sashes. We needed to replace all the windows in our house a few years ago and it was very expensive. Having new windows is a nice peace of mind, though. Thanks for hosting this party! Yvonne

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  4. So lucky to have a hubby who will work so hard!!! I have one, too, I must confess. It's just alot harder when you have a house that's 85 years old! Believe me, we have about a dozen of those that need to be done :) Thanks for hosting us again Kim!

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  5. It's so nice when we have hubbies who can do this kind of home repair. Saves a bunch of dollars for sure.
    CAS

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  6. Mr. Savvy is a very hard worker. I have bought vinyl windows for two houses and was thrilled the yellow house had them already! Your new windows look wonderful. thanks for hosting♥O

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  7. Love that they are tinted and vinyl coated, Kim. Ours are wood on the inside but have a vinyl coating on the exterior portion of the window. I could have used the tinting though with the full sun we get here.

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  8. Can my hubbs come take lessons from yours? We have so much to do around here it makes me shudder, mostly it's landscaping, but still needing attention. Thanks so much Kim for the party!!
    xoxo Debra

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  9. Busy bees! We would never attempt to change out our windows on our own. Now quite sure why we thought we could do our floors!;)

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  10. We have the tinting on our vinyl clad windows and so glad we had it done when we built. Our neighbors added the tinting later, after their hardwood floors were badly faded in the dining room. The front of our house faces west. So does our neighbor's.

    Looks like a huge project you have going on there!

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  11. Hi Kimmie! Your new windows look so nice and I'll bet you'll be able to tell the difference in your cooling and heating bill too! Good thing Mr. Savvy is so savvy!
    I'm coming to your party today!
    Be a sweetie and thanks for hosting,
    Shelia ;)

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  12. Kim, you are fortunate that Mr. Savvy can do this himself. What a lot of work! We live in an older home and replaced all our windows two years ago. Much more efficient with double panes and clad windows. They are also easier to clean because they swing in. You are right about home ownership ~ it's always something! ;-)
    Thanks for hosting ~ sarah

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  13. O, Kim...I am thrilled for you to get new windows. We need them sooo badly, too. Our olden house from the 1950's still has some of the original windows and we HAVE to replace a few this summer. Since we are on a fixed income, we have to do things slowly, one at a time. The newer part of the house has wonderful windows that I love.
    Yours sure does look nice.
    Thanks so much for hosting.
    xo bj

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  14. What a handy guy!!!
    They look great too!

    I've joined up on your party today Kim!!

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  15. So true, there is always so much to be done! We need to replace our windows, they are still in good shape but we would like them to be more energy efficient. So great that Mr. Savvy is so handy. :)

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  16. Oh that does not look like a fun way to work on a house! Ours is five years old and just starting to show signs of needing attention in other ways. Thanks for the party! I'm linking up today!

    Donna

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  17. omg...we are going thru the same thing, in fact we had two contractors come out today with estimates. 29 windows have to be replaced, then we paint the house and have major tree trimming done. It never ends. I have been the queen of nag for two years to get this done. Finally,....this summer it will be done.

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  18. Lucky you...I need a few replaced here at Coastal Charm...maybe after the wedding:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  19. That's a big job and I bet you are happy that this one is finished. The new windows are great and the tinting should keep your house cooler. We live in a historic district, so we are only permitted to use the wood wrapped windows and we have to submit the window style to the city first. Makes the job last that much longer ~ yuck! Great party! Thank you for being our lovely hostess.

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  20. I always enjoy
    your Wows!!!
    Isn't it handy
    to have a Mr. Savvy
    who is handy with
    jobs like the big
    one you just did?
    That is A LOT of
    work....and it looks
    great!
    xx Suzanne

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  21. Hi Kim...great new windows. I bet you will be so happy to look out your dining room now. Thanks for hosting, and for your comments. Obviously I have not been visiting too much these days. I do love your new stools and pretty white pitcher:)

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  22. Hi Kim, Looks like you and Mr. Savvy have been busy. We just had to replace all the wood trim around five sets of french doors at the beach house. Thank goodness the doors are vinyl. Thanks so much for hosting.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  23. Hubby's been BUSY! Give him some extra hugs...the new windows look great! The tinting makes a world of difference, too! I'm not linking tonight...I'm leaving my old post up another day! ♥ I haven't had as many WOWs this week! lol ♥

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  24. Every one of my windows needs replaced. I just can't imagine actually doing it...I love that you had to "nag" to get the job done! Sometimes I think "Nag" is my middle name! Thanks for hosting...~Ann

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  25. Good thing Mr Savvy is getting it done before the summer rains, how lucky you are that he can do the work! I am linking up my ruffled tote with hidden phrases under the ruffles for a friend going thru Cancer treatment. Thank you so much once again for hosting this great party!!

    Carol

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  26. Your new windows look great!
    We bought a very well known brand (spent a fortune) when we built our house 20 years ago.They are rotting on the inside from the moisture that builds up in the winter. They actually get solid ice on the inside when it gets down to 10 below zero or more!!!
    Thanks for hosting!

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  27. The new windows look so great! we have to put a few new windows in, too. thanks for hosting.

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  28. Kim, we built this house 27 years ago (!!!!) and we have only had to replace about 8 windows. WE did use Anderson Vinyl clad windows but some of the seals have broken over the years. You will love your new windows!!!! I hope Mr. Savvy gets them all done soon for you!!!!! I joined your party tonight!!! XO, Pinky

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  29. Can I borrow Mr. Savvy? Mr. Chaos has loads of great qualities, but "handy" isn't on the list :)

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  30. Hi Kim! How lovely to have a hubby who is so handy! Your new windows look beautiful on your home! Thanks for hosting today!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

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  31. Don't tell anyone but Mr. M&M is about as handy as Tim Allen's character on Home Improvement. He would lose a limb or burn the house down. So, we always have to pay a pro!

    Thanks for hosting tonight!

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  32. Not an easy job a'tall! Good thing your hubbs can do the work himself. I think you're going to love your new windows. I sure love mine. They make such a difference. And thanks for hosting this party. Vanna

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  33. Oh my goodness, you and Mr. Savvy are incredibly hard workers! I'm very impressed with all you do Kim, really neat that you are such a great team and can do it all! Your new windows are awesome!

    Thanks for hosting such a fun party!

    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  34. That is a big project and expensive! I'm sure you are thrilled with the result. This is our first house with "new" windows and to be able to open them so easily still makes me happy!

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  35. Kim, You are so lucky that Mr. Savvy can do repairs. We had all our windows replaced some years ago and it was very expensive then, I can't imagine how much it would cost to have to pay someone to do it now. It's always something with home ownership.
    Hugs,
    Babs

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  36. Love the view from your window! That room looks so fresh and inviting.
    Thanks for hosting.
    x Marnie

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  37. Hi Kim - Not a fun job. I have two friends with homes that are about 17 years old with the same window problem. Looks like Mr. Savvy is doing one fab job.

    My best- Diane

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  38. Kim the new windows look great! You sure are right about upkeep it seems like it is never ending!! Martina

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  39. Love your new windows!! They look beautiful! :)

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  40. Now, new windows is something I would get VERY excited about! Happy for you. They look fabulous! Looks like fab weather too! Thanks for hosting, Kim!

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  41. That is a big job done. Did you know that MyHero and I had a Window/Door/Siding business that we ran for many years? We sold it to the construction manager and our daughter about 10 years ago. When she got married she sold her share the manager. It was a great business...but a lot of work.

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  42. That's such a big job, but so worth it!

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  43. That's the problem with wooden windows. I just changed some and there are lot more to do yet :(
    Yours are looking great with the tinted window.

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  44. Such a big and expensive job, but they really look great! We have a few that need replacing here, too! Always something...

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  45. So much work, but oh so worth it in the end! You'll be a happy camper!
    Marcia

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  46. The new windows look really great. Can't wait to see what you come up with for all the old windows!!!! Know it will be something great!

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  47. Omgosh! your new windows look great! Here at my house we are in desperate need of replacing older wood windows too! Especially on the south(hot)side of the house.

    We already have Anderson wood/vinyl coated windows on the newer large addition we've done, and love them! but still need to replace the the ones on the older part of the house!! I think I could nag till the cows come home but it won't do any good!!

    But I'm glad it finally worked for you;)
    Hugs, Sherri

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  48. That's a HUGE undertaking! Yay for Mr. Savvy!!!!

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  49. Lucky you that he know how to hang window. So expensive.

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  50. Hi Kim,
    Your new windows look great!

    I tried to join the party and link up but linky wouldn't let me.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  51. Thats a huge job, and makes such a difference!

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  52. Hi Kim, your windows look fabulous! What a wonderful husband you have! He does it all.

    Kathy

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  53. Hi Kim,
    The windows look great! I know that must have been a huge job....so nice to have a handy husband!
    Jane

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  54. I know that problem, been fighting it here too. Hope to put it off for a little longer. We have a couple of broken window seals, which starts with a little fog till the window it totally fogged out. Know your glad that job is over........

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  55. changing windows is hard, but such a good investment!!! lucky you have such a great handyman!

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  56. Looks like you married a good man. Bet your utility bill will go down too.

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  57. Kim, The windows look great. They will probably save on energy costs as well. Just keep nagging your sweetie. That is a major part of our job. Hugs,Ginger

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  58. My husband needs to come over and take lessons...The windows look great! Thanks for hosting!

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  59. thanks so much for hosting! i'm fairly new to the blog world, so it's nice to have people like you to help us newbies get out there!

    and your new windows look AMAZING! it's incredible how much new ones can update the look! wish mr. savvy could come to my house and take care of ours next :)

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  60. wow lots of work going on there but definetly looks great

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  61. Major props to your hubby for installing the windows!! Just think of all the pretty stuff you can buy with the money you saved on labor ;)

    You'll love having tinted windows. We replaced a huge window that's above our front door to a energy efficient glass and it really helps keep our entry way cool.

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  62. Wow, way to go The windows look great. Thanks for hosing another great party. Hope to see u at My Dream Canvas Kim! Take care Anu

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  63. Loving your new windows- they look great. When we bought our house we had the original old double hung wood windows and I just LOVED them... until I wanted to open them, or fix their crusty paint, or etc... We put new windows in through out the house not long after. Such a difference!! I will be back to link up soon!! Thanks in advance for hosting! Let me know how that new feature at inlinkz works out too- I was wondering about that when I saw it last week. Hugs, Courtney

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  64. How nice to get new windows, Kim! I had to replace some of the wood around my house with vinyl recently, too...so much easier to take care of in our humidity! Thanks so much for featuring my eggs! I was so thrilled to see them on your post! I hope you are battening down the hatches for tonight...another scary one!...hugs...Debbie

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  65. We have to the same with ours - I dread spending the money!

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  66. Hey sweey friend ! Im sorry im so late to the party...having a painful day! Im # 185 my waterheater pan to chalkboard

    Thank you for hostessing!

    Love you!
    xoixokara

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  67. Those windows look great! And Mr.Savvy is very handy! Thanks for hosting Kim:)

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  68. Nice! We have super duper nice windows in our current home... they open inward so it makes for easing cleaning. Also, what are you going to do with all of the old windows... any cute projects planned for them? Lots of people use them for decorating purposes of some sort, not that you would want to use more than one or two.

    Di

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  69. I am a new follower and I love Wow Us Wednesday posts ! I have indeed visited and commented on many of them Im number 170 also
    KAT

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  70. We got all new windows last summer - what a job, but so worth it. Thanks for hosting WUW. Sally

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  71. Hey Kim,
    Can Mr. Savvy come up to Oregon and replace our windows? Or at least mentor my hubby in replacing them?? Free room and board and we'll take him out on the town now and then before the job is finished!! tee hee!
    :)clare

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  72. Ahhhh ... I love nice, new, CLEAN windows !! Almost makes me feel as though I'm in a new home. Your new windows look great ... kudos to you and Mr. Savvy for your hard work !!

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  73. Hmmm,..I can't seem to link up. Keep getting a message that I don't have a link back but I do. Anybody else having difficulties?

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  74. OMG over 200 party goers!!! Be safe tonight Sis!

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  75. Kim...I have the same problem...from the sprinklers at one time. We are replacing all the windows and what a good time [at least that is what I told my husband!] to replace the old siding with Hardie Plank! So excited because then we have to paint the house! Yippee...change the color:)

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