window, window, wind i say

house 2I have been waiting impatiently to begin posting our trials of choosing the finer details that will eventually go into The Little Barn. Last week I began with this post on the overall look of what we will be striving for. I suppose that I could say it’s a mixture between reclaimed, vintage, modern, and rustic. I received such positive feedback from all of you. Even though I don’t always respond to comments, I do receive and reread them over and over again. Really, you guys are the best. Thank you so much.

You may be thinking, “What’s with the title, Emory?” Well I always try to come up with witty titles for my posts. You know, to draw you in but to make it lighthearted as well. I didn’t just want to call it “The Little Barn: Windows” or “Dust in the Window” or anything else along those lines (although that latter one is kind of clever). When I used to do the baby talk program at the library, we had one rhyme that went,

Wind, oh wind, oh wind, I say,

What are you blowing away today?

Scarves, oh scarves, oh scarves, I say,

I’m blowing my scarves away today.

For some reason it just stuck with me, and it’s all I could think about when I was trying to come up with a line that had “window” in it. So I changed “wind, oh” to “window.” Hey, that’s what a four-year bachelor degree with Honours will get you.

house 1Ok, now to discuss these windows. This has been one of the more taxing decisions in building our house so far, and one that I have been thinking about for nearly two months now. Before Little Green was even on the market, I constantly thought about the possible colour coordinations of our roof and windows. Because we chose a white metal roof for LG, I wanted to go with a different colour. The plan all along was to go with metal clad wood windows for The Little Barn, and so any roof colour was an option. When we found out that we would be saving thousands of dollars by choosing vinyl windows, we began to consider going down that route instead. However, what stood in our way was that:

1. I really, really did not want white windows.

2. Going with coloured vinyl windows was not really an option since any scratches would reveal the white underneath.

3. The only other base colour besides white was more of a beige/sandstone tone and our contractor told us that it probably wouldn’t look attractive.

I went back to considering metal clad wood, but was completely lost, once again, as to the colour of the roof. A few days ago, our contractor came over and told me that we had only one day to decide what colour of windows, roof, soffit, facia, and eaves we wanted since he wanted to order it all the next day. I nearly lost it. With Geoffrey’s help, I got him to draw up some sketches of colour options. I went back our consideration of vinyl windows since they did offer us more flexibility with cost and the fact that we could match our roof to our windows.

Here were our best options:

Scan-white-white1. White vinyl windows. White metal roof.

Scan-red-red2. Red vinyl windows. Red metal roof.

Scan-grey-white3. White vinyl windows. Grey metal roof.

Scan-beige-brown4. Beige vinyl windows. Brown metal roof.

While we did choose a colour combination in the end, I would love to hear your thoughts on which one you would have chosen. I will reveal what we picked next week!

<3

Emory

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10 Comments

  1. You’re going to love your metal roof. Do consider collecting rainwater for your water supply. Even if you can dig a well or get city water.

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    • That’s such a good idea considering that we’re having a holding tank for both our city water and grey water. Do you have any suggestions as to how we would set that up?

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      • check out this blog post I wrote, then let me know if you have any questions.

        http://nineappletrees.com/2014/02/24/water-supply-from-the-sky/

        We did not install a grey water system. I wanted one but our architect, who focus on sustainability, went “meh” so we didn’t put it in. In reality all the water we use comes from the sky, goes through all our uses (drinking, showering, etc.) then goes to our septic system where it is cleaned and returned to the land. Since our tank is 10K gallons we have yet to need to truck in water.

        In areas prone to drought, or requiring a lot of irrigation, I suppose a grey water system would be helpful. We use a rain barrel for the plants.

        The rain water collection system isn’t cheap but it is the smartest thing I’ve done in my lifetime.

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      • Also if you get one, here’s how to clean the outside filters every year, not too bad really.

        http://nineappletrees.com/2014/07/07/cleaning-the-roof-washers/

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  2. cheekychicstudio

     /  07/15/2014

    This is a hard decision! I seem to lean towards the white and gray roofs from coastal pinterest homes I (excessively) drool over, but red seems to work well with the character of the home. Can’t wait to read what you picked!

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  3. rosebennet

     /  07/12/2014

    Wow, The Little Barn, what a cute name! I’ll go for no 2. Red is more special, even if it isn’t that practical!

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  4. Ceecee

     /  07/11/2014

    OMG! Too cute!! I wish we were building a new home too :) and those sketches!! Your husband is too perfect! What an artist.

    Best of luck you two!

    P.S. I would pick the red option. Tres bold and chic.

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  5. All good choices, but I like the red combo. It would be good for giving people directions to your place. “It’s the one with the red roof!” Plus it would look good with all of the greenery around.

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  6. I’D CHOOSE THE SECOND OR THE LAST. GOOD LUCK.
    – N

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  7. eek, what a decision! I love the red, but maybe the white windows and grey roof is more practical, I just do not know! Glad it wasn’t me deciding. :)

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  • Hello, friends. My name is Emory. I live on the Canadian prairies with my husband, daughter, and animals. Welcome!
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  • Thank you to all those who liked, commented, and sent me messages yesterday. I am overwhelmed by your love. I would like to share one more thing. Since 2013, I have used my blog as a creative outlet and my Instagram account as my diary. I feel it’s a much better platform to reach out to others, and to be more truthful (if we dare). I try to only follow those who don’t always show the ups and highs of their “perfect” lives. While I think that the more popular, beige square, ad-infused, California chic, glam mother accounts are beautiful, I also find them to be depressing and unoriginal. A miscarriage is real. It is nothing to be ashamed of. If you don’t choose to discuss yours, that’s totally fine! I needed to share mine in order to begin my grieving and healing process. I am now a mother to two children. This is something that I did not want to, nor will I ever hide. Yes, our second child came much too early and did not survive, but that does not make his/her life any less worthy. Our baby was alive at one time. Our baby has a soul. Now, our baby has a name and will forever be part of our family. We are a family of four- three on earth and one angel in heaven. So, thanks again all. Sadness. What a difference a year can make. Last holiday season, Remy turned 10 months old. She had just gotten her first two teeth, and on Christmas morning, had learned to crawl. This year, we are mourning the loss of our second child. I suffered a miscarriage this week, and it has left a deep void in our family. This was going to be our Christmas card where we revealed to friends and family our joyous secret. Now, it remains one of our only photos as a family of four. Because of this, I want to share it with the world. Give your children an extra hug and kiss for me tonight. You are so blessed to have them. All my love, Emory.
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