Preventing Condensation, Stopping Drafts and Other Challenges With Windows

Windows are the eyes to a house's soul – if your windows are big and beautiful so too is your home, but they can also include a range of challenges as well. With sub par windows, you can look forward to a drafty home with high heating bills. Similarly, there are also moisture issues – for example, if you don't seal the space between your double panes securely enough, you will get a build up of condensation. Having lived in old houses and having helped choose the windows for new houses, I'm familiar with a range of challenges associated with windows. If you want tips and ideas, you've come to the right spot. Please, explore and enjoy.

Are You Decorating An Enclosed Patio?


Perhaps you have recently decided to make your outdoor patio part of your actual house so that you can use it during the cooler months. If so, you are probably in for some very fun shopping and decorating. From selecting the patio doors to choosing the furniture for your enclosed patio, here are some ideas that might help you.

The Patio Doors - How many patio doors will you want? For example, is there a door that leads to the patio from the back yard? Perhaps you still want to be able to divide the patio from the rest of your house at times. What type of decorating will you use? For example, if you want a rustic look, consider buying a rustic wooden door that will lead to your enclosed patio from the back yard. If you want to establish a more elegant look, consider using a patio door that has a glass enclosure, maybe even a stained glass window. If you are wanting to separate the patio from the rest of your house, maybe while kids are watching their own television shows while you adults want to visit in a quiet atmosphere, consider buying French doors that will still give the area a very open look when the doors aren't closed. Consider having a screen door as part of the patio entry door installation. By doing that, you can still have the regular door open when you want fresh air on pretty days. The sales people where you're going to buy your patio doors will more than likely have portfolios of the many designs that are available, even though they may need to be special ordered. 

The Furniture - What kind of look do you want? For example, if you have chosen a rustic theme for your enclosed patio, consider buying heavy wooden furniture and use leather or denim for the furniture upholstery. Maybe you have decided to bring the outdoors into your enclosed patio area. If so, think about buying wicker or rattan furniture and choose an upholstery fabric that has things like ferns, flowers, and bamboo as the design. Consider buying unique rocking chairs for the room, not only because they'll give you extra seating space, but  just to add a bit of whimsy to the enclosed patio. If there's enough space, consider having a floor to ceiling shelf where you can display framed photographs, collectibles and where you can store things like books, puzzles and board games. 


19 September 2018