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 Remodeling Your Kitchen?


Are you finally getting the kitchen you always wanted? Maybe your kitchen is the room you want family and friends to gather in, rather than using your living room or family room for everyday living and for special events. Perhaps you are even creating additional space by knocking out a wall and making another room, or even your patio area, part of your kitchen. From adding a bay window to including a cooking island in your kitchen, here are some ideas that might help you to design an attractive and practical kitchen that your family and friends can enjoy. 

Knocking Out A Wall. When you talk to your contractor, he or she will have the experience to advise you on how to add extra room to your kitchen. For example, the contractor might suggest that, instead of knocking out the wall between your kitchen and your family room, you add large French doors that have custom-louvered windows as part of their design. By doing that, you could still keep the family room for when you want a separate living area, or you could open them when you want a larger space, say for holiday entertaining. The contractor might also suggest that you knock out the entire wall that divides your kitchen from your outdoor patio and actually enclose the patio to give you a lot more room. If that appeals to you, consider adding a bay window as part of the enclosed patio and add a cushioned seat. A custom window system could be part of the design, perhaps one that opens easily on pretty days. For more information on custom window systems, visit websites such as

Add A Large Island. If part of your remodeling job means that you will have a lot of additional space, consider adding a very large island that can be used for dining and for cooking. For something truly different, consider having the island created out of glass blocks. You've probably seen them used to enclose bathroom showers. The contractor would know exactly how to install an electrical unit so that you could still use things like your crock pot and electric skillet. If you do decide to add the large island, think about buying bar stools so that your guest can watch you as you cook and so that your family and friends can actually eat at the bar. Consider installing a Lazy Susan as part of the island, too.


23 October 2018