Some of you may remember (but I bet most of you won’t, because who would want to!) this is what our great room looked like when we moved in almost a year and a half ago.
I am pulling this picture out of the archives because it was during this walk through that we thought we wanted to add another window to the left of the door leading out to the patio. From the very beginning, it felt off balance to us. However, it wasn’t until last summer, July to be exact, that it became a must-have. Our home doesn’t have air conditioning, which isn’t uncommon around here. I would say 60%+ homes don’t because it is only hot 2 months out of the year, and even then it cools off by a good 30 degrees at night due to the desert climate. So every evening around 7, everyone opens all of their windows and by morning it’s a chilly 60 degrees in the house. Although AC is on our to-do list in a year or so, most of the windows in our house (besides the bedrooms) are picture windows–they don’t open at all! While all of these picture windows have been great in the colder months at keeping our heating bill super low, we desperately knew we needed at least one large window in the great room to catch a breeze in the warmer months.
We knew when we hung the engineer prints of the girls there, they would be temporary–maybe you saw them in yesterday’s post in the stairwell?–but we didn’t expect them to be moved quite as quickly as we ended up doing. As it turns out, a lot of contractors will give you a discount for cutting a big hole in the side of your house in the winter or off-season when work is slower. So, uhhhh we jumped on that.
We wanted to get as close as we could to the size of the other window without having to get a custom one made. And luckily, we’re only an inch off in one direction. The window will be about a 5’x6′ and slide open. What a difference that will make in light and in keeping the house cooler in the summer. Ah, we can’t wait.
The window is ordered, and our contractor is on standby to cut our house open and install it as soon as it gets here. We’ll definitely be hanging out elsewhere on that sure-to-be-freezing-in-the-house day. But we’re so glad it will be in place before it gets warmer. Can you just see it now?
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Last week, Chris and I had the incredible opportunity to travel to London for work. We were invited by Williams Sonoma and William Morris and Co to preview their newest collaboration and the inspiration behind it. It was my first time in London and although it was a quick trip, they brought us all over […]
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