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!



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  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.

    • 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?

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

        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.

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

  2. 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!

  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!

  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.

  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.

    – N

  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. :)

  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife, mother of two (one earthside and one with the angels), and an animal rescuer. This is our life on the Canadian prairies.

  • Man, did Remy and I have a standoff this morning. All because she didn’t want to wear socks with her boots. She threw a massive tantrum, and I yelled at her. Afterwards, we went for our walk and everything was back to normal. That is, aside from her puffy eyes and tear-stained face. My poor girl. Parenting can be so hard sometimes. Thank goodness for children being so resilient. 
That disaster behind me is nearly gone. We’re currently installing the last of our kitchen shelves, and our new sink arrived this morning. I’m excited to have a less cluttered spare room!
Have a wonderful week, everyone. This room has not yet been touched by us. It is our master bedroom. Everything about it (aside from our furniture) is exactly the same as when we purchased our home. I think that if we do list in the near future, it will be the only room in our house that we did not renovate. Part of me wants to stay just to finish it. A small part.
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