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My House: Doors & Windows

Initially when I bought my house I wasn't planning on replacing my windows and doors.  For starters, it's a pretty big budget item.  I also liked the look of my doors and windows (although some were broken and none of the bedroom windows opened).  However, I was over one day that happened to be very cold and rainy.  The wind was blowing like crazy and all my doors were blown open.  Once they were closed (and re-opneed with the next gust of wind), the house still felt drafty and it was the middle of summer.  I was torn.  I wanted to keep my original doors, but I felt like I would regret not replacing them while everything was open.  Plus, I didn't want to replace moldings and casings or try to match them a year down the road when I changed my mind (which I have a tendency of doing).  I decided on the Pella Architect Series doors and windows and absolutely love them!  They have the exact same grid system as my original doors and windows but are energy efficient, do not blow open on a windy day, and make me feel more secure.  I opted for Iron Ore exterior and unfinished wood interior.  I painted the inside the same color as my trim.  

Prepping for new window and doors

Prepping for new window and doors

My House: Exterior Before & After

The house needed a substantial amount of work.  Inside, there was water damage and mold, asbestos wrapped HVAC pipes, warped floors, broken windows, exposed electrical, and funky plumbing.  On the exterior, the charming {overgrown} ivy had completely rotted a large portion of the patio ceiling, soffit, and fascia.  Asphalt shingles were used as siding for the gables, which, on the west side of the house were completely sun damaged and peeling.  I also wasn't exactly sure about the red shutters.  They seemed too big for the gable and a little...creepy.


Because the house was built in 1927, I wanted what ever work I did on the house to reflect the period in which the house was originally built.  I decided to used a scalloped shaker on the front gable of the house and replace the red shutters with an original door that was cut down to size.  I replaced all of the soffit and facia, poured new front steps that were deeper, and replaced all of the existing doors and windows.  There are so many options available that have the same look and feel as the original features, but offer better technology by way of energy saving and long-term maintenance.  

I probably tried 25+ different paint colors for the gables and trim.  It was so hard to decide, but eventually I settled on Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain for the trim and Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray for the gables and front door.  Windows and doors are Pella Architect Series in Iron Ore. What do you think of the after? 

Photo Cred:  Lucy Call

Photo Cred: Lucy Call

My House: More Before & After Photos

If you've been following me on Instagram @emilyfoxleyandco you've already seen some of these.  I love to see them side-by-side to really put the transformation in perspective.   will keep posting about each individual space with more detailed information on what I did!