For quite some time we’ve been tossing around the idea of doing something to make our living room less black and white. We knew we wanted green, since it’s our favorite color and bridges nicely to the backyard. The obvious thing would be to add a pillow or two. Which we did, ordering a needlepoint Jonathan Adler one, but our cat Eva decided she’d sharpen her claws in it. D’oh! Adding a plant would also be a nice touch, but we’re having trouble finding just the right one.
Then it occurred to us, what if we made the top row of our Besta entertainment center cabinets, which are a glossy black, green!
Christy and I finally made our last big energy efficiency upgrade to our home….new windows!
After paying attention to style of windows in our favorite modern design outlets, we decided that we wanted dark frame windows with minimal frame width.
After having a few different contractors come by and showcase everything from vinyl, wood to composites. We were attracted most to the look and durability of aluminum windows.
The aluminum windows seemed to be the window frame of chose at many of the home tours we have been on as well, so it seemed like a good choice. The company we chose offered Milgard brand windows and we opted for the thermally-broken variety with double-pane and argon filled options for added energy efficiency.
The new windows were installed all-throughout the house with the exception of the big patio-style doors that adorn the balconies on the front.
After about a 6-week wait for the windows to get made, they were installed in just a couple days. We’re really happy about the results and feel it goes another step toward giving the house a new clean and minimal look and edge.
Before and after pics after the break.
Another year, and time to address our home’s energy efficiency again.
The next big item we wanted to fix was the Air Conditioning unit. And since this is the last year for the Federal Tax Credits, we thought its time to take advantage.
What our house used to have is an old SEER-6 equivalent unit that dates about 14 years old…
After having a few contractors come out with bids, we decided on Service Wizard through 1st Choice Energy.