We were very excited to receive TWO special deliveries last week – one came in the form of a gorgeous baby boy called Jack! He is such a darling and we are loving being his mum and dad:)
The other came in the form of windows and bi-fold doors! We ordered them from a company in Thornleigh called Airlight. All the dimensions for our windows and bi-folds were on the plans, so I just took them into Airlight and sat down with a very helpful lady called Sue. She did all the measuring, walked me around the showroom so I could choose what style I liked, and then sent me a quote. For my Melbourne-based readers, check out Aluminium Trade Center.
It’s always good to get in early and order your windows and doors 6 weeks before they need to be installed – they take a while to make.
One of the many big decisions when renovating a home, is whether you go for timber or aluminium windows and bifolds. Aluminium lasts longer and is tougher, however once you pick the colour, you can’t change it. Timber on the other hand, can rot after many years, but you can change the paint colour whenever you like. (Unfortunately it does need to be repainted every so often to keep looking fresh).
Ultimately for us, the decision came down to appearance. Since our home is well over 100 years old, we really needed to ensure our windows suited the old-style of the home. Aluminim is very modern in appearance, so not quite right for a heritage home.
We had the choice of a 3 panel bi-fold or a 4-panel. We went with the 3-panel as this means one panel can act like a regular access door… something you can’t have if you get an even number of panels.
We are planning to paint all the windows and bi-folds white in keeping with our existing windows. Our builders took a break over Christmas and New Years, so we are looking forward to them starting again next week!