Indoor/Outdoor Living Spaces

lacantina-thirdIt’s springtime in the Pacific Northwest which means soggy clouds will soon part (any minute now) illuminating the green vistas and breathtaking mountain views that make our region such a special place to live. It’s no wonder so many local homeowners are latching onto one of the biggest design trends of recent years: stylized indoor/outdoor living spaces.

Six in 10 architectural design firms saw a spike in demand last year for “areas in the home, such as a ground floor common room, that span interior and exterior spaces,” according to Architect Magazine.
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Adding Space and Light To Your Home With Bay Windows

Tuscany Bay WindowThere are many options for sprucing up the look and feel of your home, but few will transform your living space as dramatically as the addition of an elegant bay window.

Bay windows are window spaces that protrude outward from the walls of your home forming nooks in the rooms where they are installed. Most typically, they feature a larger picture window flanked, at an angle, by two smaller windows.

Bay and bow windows have several advantages over flat planes of glass. They are great for accentuating the view of your living room or master bedroom. They flood your room with additional light, dramatically altering how you see its various colors and textures; and they can add a much greater sense of balance and spaciousness, making them ideal for brightening and opening up previously dark, cramped spaces.

There are a few styles to choose from once you’ve decided to you want to upgrade windows in your home.
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The Many Reasons To Have An Amazing Front Door

thermatru before and afterThere are many strategies for upgrading the curb appeal of your home, from painting and changing your color scheme to giving your landscaping a makeover. One of the quickest ways to make a big splash and get the most bang for your buck, though, is by installing a new Therma-Tru entryway door. Here are just a few things to consider:

Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Improving curb appeal is one of the top five most valuable upgrades you can make, according to the National Association of Realtors. Consider that 90 percent of home buyers will start by looking at photos online. So having a striking exterior will attract potential buyers quicker.
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Choosing Patio Doors for your Home

Few features can so dramatically enhance the look and feel of your home as a new set of patio doors. They can let in more natural light, improve air circulation and establish an inviting pathway to outdoor decks and patios. There are a variety of options you’ll want to consider. First, lets examine the pros and cons of the three most common types of doors.

What patio door style is best for you?Milgard Patio Door

French doors (also known as hinged doors) typically consist of one or more framed, glass panels that swing open from the center. “French doors can transform a room,” Karin Mangan writes for Old House Web, “they let in natural light (and) can increase the sense of space even when the doors are closed. When the weather is warm, open the doors to expand your living space, make the most of your garden or patio, and allow fresh air to circulate in your home.”
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The Benefits of Skylights in Your Home

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Are you considering adding a skylight to spruce up your home’s appearance? The aesthetic, economic and even health benefits are many. Here are just a few advantages.

Everything looks better under natural light. Window lighting can be very bright or dull depending on the time of day. Skylights provide balanced, natural lighting from above, enhancing the look of your decor and color schemes.

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What is Low-E Glass?

Going Green

With the ongoing efforts of modern “green” building and the emphasis on energy efficiency, the typical consumer will undoubtedly run across the term Low-e glass when shopping for windows, doors or skylights. Whether the shopping is for new construction or a remodel project, it pays to know just what the terminology means.

How Low-e Glass Works and Saves You MoneyIllustration of How Low-e Glass Works

So, put on your thinking caps and we’ll journey back to school for a bit. You see, Low-e is a term related to thermodynamics, a sub-field of the science of Physics. Without too much technical jargon, we will look at the importance and the practical effects of Low-e glass for your home or office. Continue reading “What is Low-E Glass?”

Window Condensation – Causes & Remedies

window condensation with autumn leavesIt’s that time of year! The leaves are changing color, the mornings are cooler and here in the Northwest our windows begin to get foggy. Window condensation can be anywhere from mildly annoying to outright damaging to our homes. Beyond the obvious fogging of windows, the moisture can cause wallpaper to peel, damage plaster and even lead to serious issues with mold and the resultant health hazards to occupants.  Fall and winter typically mean more indoor activities, warmer room temperatures and greater differences between inside and outside temps.

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Energy Efficient Home Windows

staying cozy insideToday’s homeowner, whether considering building a new home or upgrading an existing home, will often have a healthy interest in energy efficiency. Here in the Pacific Northwest, wind, rain and cold belongs on the outside of our homes, not the inside. Also, Seattle area homeowners not only want energy savings, we want our products and building procedures to be as green as our state nickname. Here at Goldfinch Brothers, Inc. we hear you! Our products are state-of-the-art in terms of energy efficiency. Our employees receive ongoing education to ensure our customers get the latest information for decision making when considering windows and doors from our showroom. Efficient windows and doors are more than just a product on display, too. Our CAD Design Engineers will listen to your needs and ideas then give you a complete package of the most energy efficient and green products and processes found anywhere.

Technically speaking, whether your desire is for wood, composite or aluminum frames we will supply the best products available. The types of glazing options available, from LoE-366 (which exceeds Energy Star requirements), solar bronze, self-cleaning glass or hurricane glazing for coastal regions where it may be required, will not just meet, but exceed your window requirements. Continue reading “Energy Efficient Home Windows”

Fiberglass Windows – The Pros & Cons

Fiberglass windows have traditionally occupied a small niche in the replacement window market, but they have noticeably started to gain traction in recent years. The most recent market report released jointly by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association shows them having a 3.2 percent share of the market, and “more contractors are installing them because more homeowners are asking for them,” according to Remodeling Jim Cory of Remodeling Magazine. Continue reading “Fiberglass Windows – The Pros & Cons”