Friday, May 31, 2013

We Have New Windows and Doors!!

Major progress on our house this week! Our impact windows and doors have been installed!! For those of you who don't live in hurricane territory, impact glass is an absolute must here in Florida. Impact windows and doors are constructed with laminated huricane resistant glass, and are designed to withstand flying debris. If you don't have impact glass, you have to put up shutters if their is a hurricane, which is a royal pain.

Here is what the front of our house looks like today...

Obviously we still have to re-stucco and paint... We will paint the house white, and black plantation shutters will be added to the sides of the windows.
And here is what the front of the house looked like when we purchased it...
I am not a fan of Bahama Shutters... they completely block out all of the light, making the house feel dark and depressing. :( The orange tile and asphalt driveway will be freshened up with brick pavers, and our landscaping needs some freshening as well. New impact double doors will be installed next week.
If you look at the old blueprints of our home, you can see that we also reconfigured the windows... they were too long and narrow, and frankly they just looked silly.  
Now let's take a peek inside! Here is what our entryway looked like before...

And today!

Widening the opening of our entryway wall really opened up this space, and allows for a much better view of the Number One reason we bought this house... the waterway!
Before we had two sets of sliding doors. We eliminated half of the right sliding door, and pulled the wall forward into the living room to provide more space in the adjacent kitchen. We then eliminated the beam seperating the two doors to allow for one large set of French doors with sidelights.
(image from MLS listing)
Here is a shot of the future kitchen, looking into the formal living room.
Click here if you would like to see more on our kitchen remodel. More on our backyard can be found here, and here for more on our master bedroom.


  1. This is so exciting! And now I understand the importance of those windows. It looks like you have a long way to go. Will you be in your home for Christmas?

  2. Andrea, Andrea, Andrea!!! This is so exciting to share the progress. I love the construction process. The during is when it gets good. I love seeing your vision come to life. I can see exactly why you selected this home. Location, location, location. What a great opportunity.
    I'm so looking forward to seeing all of the finishes you've selected. Thanks for sharing this with all of your readers!!!


  3. I am so excited for you!! I can only imagine all the wonderful things you will do to the house, and how you will decorate!!! It must feel pretty good to have things started.

    The Perfect Life

  4. Thank you all for your kind words and support!! This renovation has been extremely stressful (but fun too, of course!) and your words of encouragement are so helpful! Linda - We are hoping to be in by mid-July. Dry wall is going up next week, and then we should be in the home stretch... I'll certainly continue the updates! :)

    The Glam Pad

  5. White house and black shutters....LOVE! Can't wait to see everything done. How exciting!

  6. Looks great! So hurricane parties at your place? ;) We are moving back to Charleston in the fall (!) so this is good to know!

  7. Good to see the progress in your new house! It was a wise idea to install impact windows and doors, instead of the usual stylish ones. Preparing and protecting your house from harsh weather conditions should definitely be your top priority.

  8. I did the same thing to my windows in Toronto! I love those kind of shutters!


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