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Replacement windows – the ultimate guide

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Replacement windows – the ultimate guide

Windows come in a variety of styles to suit different personalities and tastes. A replacement window is basically one that replaces an existing window.

Replacement windows are installed in different ways, depending on the condition of the windows and techniques to be applied. For a full-frame installation, the old window is completely removed, together with its frame. The new replacement window is then firmly fixed in its place, while an insert installation is used to replace older wood windows whose frames are still in good condition. Its disadvantage, however, is that it reduces the size of the window considerably. The other technique that can be used involves replacing only the window sashes, while reusing the existing frame. For these procedures, measurement is key, for both the old window and the replacement window.

People replace their windows for various reasons. However, there are valid and more concrete reasons to look at while making this decision. To determine if you should replace your windows, you need to observe the following:

1. To ensure security, check that the windows are strong so that they can’t be easily broken into. The wood should not be damaged – chipped, warped, peeled off or rotten.

2. Sound has to be adequately regulated. There shouldn’t be too much noise getting into the house.

3. The windows should not lead to a rise in energy consumption. Get windows that will help you save energy.

4. The general condition and normal functioning has to be correct. The windows shouldn’t be difficult to open or close properly. They shouldn’t be faded and should be able to withstand bad weather.

There’s a lot more to explore, even with creativity, as you work to keep your home warm and cosy. You don’t have to keep a window looking lifeless.

Enjoy your unique style by getting a window that complements your entire home.

A variety of materials is used to design the windows, from vinyl to aluminum or wood. These materials have unique advantages and disadvantages.

Modern timber is used most and widely preferred among consumers. It’s simple, easy to customize and source. Disadvantages, however, include the occasional rotting, warping, peeling off and fading.

Aluminum is light but strong and durable, and doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. It also boasts a variety of finishes and can withstand poor weather conditions.

Vinyl windows come in a variety of colours and do not require a lot of maintenance. They’re strong and durable, warm in winters and consume less energy, and help reduce noise. Unfortunately, sometimes this material may sag due to its light weight. It’s also not easily customized with colours.

Since window replacements vary in structure and design, the cost also varies proportionally. For instance, to replace a small wooden window, the cost ranges between $150 and $200 and can even be as high as $400 to $600, depending on the material and size of the window.


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Kimberley’s Guide to Styling a Bookshelf

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Kimberley’s Guide to Styling a Bookshelf

Add order and style to a bookshelf like a pro

Perhaps it’s time to really organize those shelves. Consider a variety of objects from books to framed pictures and collectibles to create a personal and interesting background for your room. Here’s a step-by-step guide to styling this important vignette well.

Photography By Simon Burn

STEP 1 Begin with bare shelves. It’s easier to think when you start with a clean slate. Take everything off and be open to a vastly different solution if you are restyling existing shelves.

STEP 2 Determine the mood. Decide how you want the bookshelves to feel when they are completed. Consider the immediate surroundings and aim for harmony. Should the shelves be lively and dramatic, adding to the room’s overall atmosphere? Or, do you want the vignette to enhance a feeling of calm and order? Will you display books you actually read, or books you’ve collected because you love the leather binding?

STEP 3 Give the shelves a purpose. Everyone expects to find books on display, but it’s possible to add more interest by giving shelves a specific task. For instance, how about setting up the bar on a low surface? In the photo, we’ve added a silver tray with a decanter and ice bucket, creating a minibar. You might decide to add a stack of board games or a basket for your knitting projects—ideas that put the shelves to practical use.

STEP 4 Shake things up. Provided shelves are adjustable, removing a few allows you to make a bigger design statement. In the photo, we removed a shelf to accommodate a painting and some taller vases.

STEP 5 Create order. Symmetry enhances a feeling of orderliness. If shelves are large, create one shelf and then mirror that vignette on the opposite side of the bookcase. You can also label shelves with tags as we’ve done in this photo.

STEP 6 Add personality. Show off your collection of treasured objects. Add artwork or forego the typical family photo gallery and use bookshelves to display your favourite snaps. Quirky bookends can also add personality.

STEP 7 Assess the results. As you create different vignettes, take a photo and look at the design results objectively. You’ve had lots of experience looking at design magazines and gorgeous photos, and you know instinctively when you see something that works well. Does the completed vignette feel balanced? Is it too cluttered to create the zen mood you are aiming for? Edit your initial attempt and rephotograph the results.

With practice, a winning solution will appear and you will hone your skills as an ace stylist.

Kimberley Seldon


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