One down – 16 to go.
Four years ago, my wife and I bought the first house we’ve owned together, after 15 years. Since then, we’ve mainly focused our house “maintenance” budget on replacing the guttering and downspouts, and updating the tuckpointing – the mortar was so bad that in some places bricks were barely being held in place.
Today, we moved in a new direction. After getting all of the tuckpointing done on the South side of the house, we’re getting our first double-pane, low-e, energy saving window installed. The installers are still at it, almost finished. We’re doing the windows one-at-a-time to avoid having to get a loan. It means we’ll actually have more money to spend on the windows if we don’t finance them. By the time we’re finished, we’ll have spent roughly $7,000 just on the windows. But, it will be worth it to help reduce the energy used and cost of heating/cooling our home. Of the 16 windows to still be replaced, we’re thinking that 4 or 5 of them will be replaced with glass blocks since they will never be opened anyhow, and glass block will allow light in while preserving privacy.