Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Eagle 1

We have been talking about replacing the inefficient, and less than functional aluminum doors and windows since we bought our house. We loved the look of them, but the windows are pretty much storm windows, and the sliding doors didn't really slide anymore. Also, you could feel a pretty decent breeze when standing by the windows, so they had to go.

The problem with new windows, other than costing a fortune, was finding something that looked good with the house. Most people nowadays just use white vinyl. That's fine on most houses, but I didn't feel it was right for ours. Sadly, living in the Southeast limits you when it comes to more modern windows that are affordable, especially aluminum ones. After doing some research online we came across a company called Eagle. Their aluminum clad windows definitely catered to the more modern design senses we were looking for. They also came in a large variety of colors at no extra cost. Anodized aluminum was an option, but was pretty pricey. We decided to go with a color called Gray Flannel. It was almost the exact same color as our current windows. It just lacked the sheen brushed aluminum has.

The company we used for the install is called Window Traditions of Georgia. When we went to their showroom the salesman knew exactly what we wanted and didn't try to sell us something we didn't need. He also talked about how he used to install windows in Eichlers so I knew we were in the right place.

We decided to focus on the two sliding doors and 3 windows instead of doing he whole house at once. This was mainly for budget reasons, but I also didn't want to replace every door and window and not be happy with the look in the end. I'm pretty picky when it comes to things that cost a lot of money. Actually, as I am writing this, I am being told that I am pretty picky with everything. That's probably true.

To get things started here are the doors and windows before they were replaced.

Yes that was an allen wrench used to lock the doors

... and that was the huge gap we had to deal with because the doors wouldn't close all the way.

Now that we have seen how crappy the old doors and windows were, lets see the new ones going in.

The old windows were so flimsy they shattered when pulling them out. I happened to walk downstairs as this was happening and just turned around because I was scared to watch.

Here is one of our new windows. Doesn't it look nice?

I actually liked having no window over the sink. If i wasn't so cold I would have asked them to leave it like this.

That is the last picture I am going to show. Come back next week to see the final result.

Be seeing you.


  1. Cliff hanger! My sister just had all her windows and sliders replaced last week. What an amazing difference it made. Can't wait to see yours.

    1. Just a mini cliffhanger. ;) I wish we could replace all of ours at once but it's going to be a multi step process. We already have the giant picture window priced out so we are saving up for that currently. However, our current project might delay that a bit. I'll be posting about it soon.

  2. I am looking at windows as well. I think yours will be quite nice. We had a GIANT slider removed to put in French doors. The guys just touched the concrete with a corner of the glass. It shattered into millions of bits. What a disaster. It took them all day to clean it up.

  3. Oh, please update soon! I am DYING to see the windows in!

  4. Wow, I can’t wait to have it finished. You haven’t showed us yet, though. Please update soon and show off how the new doors and windows fit! You have a lovely home, Eric. :-)
    Mary Martin