Do you see what I see?

IMG_5078The day that I decided on my final house design, with the loft in the back and the front open to the ceiling, I knew that I wanted to find special windows to put in the front. This has been one of the most frustrating, yet rewarding parts of the house thus far. I’ve wanted to write this blog entry for two months now, but wanted to wait until I had a photo of the windows installed to go with it.

The day that I decided on my final house design, with the loft in the back and the front open to the ceiling, I knew that I wanted to find special windows to put in the front. This has been one of the most frustrating, yet rewarding parts of the house thus far. I’ve wanted to write this blog entry for two months now, but wanted to wait until I had a photo of the windows installed to go with it.

As I wrote many entries ago, I am trying to be frugal in building my house. I’ve looked for bargains when I can find them. In June, I found a window that I loved in the Hancock Lumber Window and Doors Barn in Casco. I was all ready to buy it only to find out that it was already sold. From that day, I was on a mission to find great windows.

Two other times I found windows in a discount place that I bought, but in the end was just not satisfied with them. They didn’t go to waste. One went in the house and the other is going in the barn. I really wanted some windows that were going to let in a lot of light and be a signature feature of the house. I even went into a retail store to price out some trapezoid windows and that would have been about $6,000 dollars.

I had a window that I could use if need be and almost went with it. When I was on vacation in October, we went down to Hancock Lumber in Brunswick. They have a discount area where they put windows and doors that are returned. Most of the time, they have nothing wrong with them, they were merely measured wrong and returned.

At Hancock Lumber I found the windows that I had been looking for. We thought that there were two slanted ones and one for the middle. I asked how much they would be. They quoted me a price which was well below what they had initially paid for the window. I was sold. I bought the windows and was so excited! Two days later we went back to pick up the windows only to realize that there weren’t three but four windows.

Now what was I going to do? I couldn’t use three of these windows. I asked if I could only take two of the windows or what they would sell me the fourth window for. Their response was they were really a complete set so they could really not do anything with the fourth window so it was mine if I wanted it. Wow! Another blessing with this house.

Today, my Dad along with Lars and Peter, who is married to a family friend, put in the final three big windows. Putting in these windows was not easy due to how heavy they are and how high they are.

After thinking long and hard, my Dad decided the best solution was to put the staging outside the house. They then loaded a window into the bucket of the tractor and lifted it up to the staging. Lars and Peter then took the window on the staging and put it in.

I cannot thank them enough. As soon as I got out of work, I went down to the homestead to see the windows. I am so excited that they are finally in. I am really pleased with how I was able to acquire them. Lesson is if you are willing to search hard enough, you can find some really great deals and sometimes get exactly what you want.

 

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Laura Reed

About Laura Reed

After 15 years in college athletics, the last seven as an assistant athletics director, I was burned out with 70-hour work weeks and extensive travel. I resigned my position and accepted a position in marketing at a small, vibrant college in my hometown of Unity, Maine. In the process I wanted to go back to my childhood where we raised polled Herefords, had a Christmas Tree Farm and spent many hours outside. I decided I wanted to build my own home on beautiful farmland that my family owns. With help from my Dad, the most talented person I’ve ever met, we are building my home together. I have decided to blog my experience – the ups and downs, the joys and frustrations. What was once an open field will one day be my home! The dream in my head is becoming reality. I can just see the lambs frolicking in the field, chickens in the barnyard and going running with my Alaskan Malamute!