A room with a new view

This past February, I sat down to dinner in my kitchen with my husband and noticed a small, thin crack in one of the two windows.

The frigid temperatures that had swept across much of southern Ontario this winter had taken a toll on my old window. The tiny crack spread from the bottom window sill up to the top.

So, the decision was made and the window would be replaced. Since we were replacing the back window, we also decided to install a new back door. The old one was drafty.

You first heard about my unexpected home renovation back in early March. I’m happy to report that last week, the new window and door were both installed just in time for the beautiful weekend weather.

New Window & door
New Window & Door
New Window & Door
New Window & Door

My husband spent the better part of the weekend painting the trim and the door white to match. While I wasn’t planning on the added expense associated with replacing my old kitchen window and door, I’m happy with the new ones.

Now, the search is on for new window coverings.

Should I invest in shutters, shades or blinds?

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Unexpected home renovations

Sometimes home renovations aren’t planned.

Two weeks ago, I sat down to dinner with my husband. I looked up and out the back window. And that’s when I first saw it.

A small, thin crack in one of the two kitchen windows.

The bitterly, cold temperatures that had gripped much of southern Ontario this winter had taken a toll on my old windows. Over the next few frigid days, the tiny crack spread like a snake from the bottom window sill up to the top.

Cracked Kitchen Window
Cracked Kitchen Window

And so it began. Phone calls were made to window installers. appointments booked and quotes received.

Then the question came up. Since we’re replacing the back window, should we also install a new back door and storm door? Our old ones are drafty.

Replacing the back window has now turned into a bigger project. A project that wasn’t on our “To Do” list. But it has to be done.

So, we’re biting the bullet and replacing both the kitchen window and door. Today, we met with the manufacturer. This is the same company that replaced my mother’s windows, two years ago, after one of her bedroom windows cracked.

We’ve decided on an energy-efficient, triple pane glass window for the kitchen and a simple white, back door with an internal grill. No need to replace the storm door because the new door comes with a built-in screen. But both have to be custom made. Now we wait until installation day.

It’s all part of owning a home.

 Have you been in a similar situation? Has a small, minor project turned into a bigger renovation job?