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sheilatequila

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04-22-2019 04:01 AM

I’m trying to complete some renos before selling my house. The worst part of the house is the front entrance – not a great selling feature. I don’t know why the previous owners thought the corrugated plastic “windows” were a good idea. I am trying to get a price for actual windows, but suspect they will be too pricey for my “get it done cheap” budget.

My thoughts for options so far are shorter windows, with some type of panel below, or make plywood panels with a raised pattern/design in a contrasting colour. with this option, I’d insulate and drywall over the openings on the inside. Downside is losing all the natural light.

I’d very much like to hear other ideas or design ideas for the plywood panel option – I’m totally blank.

Inside/outside photos:

-- - "There is no scrap wood, just pieces not yet used"


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SMP

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#1 posted 04-22-2019 05:06 AM

Well those are probably custom sized windows you’d have to order, then install and trim out, touch up paint etc. Probably better off giving the buyers a credit. Buyers like a credit because they they can do what they want, and feel like they are getting a better deal.

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robscastle

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#2 posted 04-22-2019 05:28 AM

Hello Sheila Tequila,

Without knowing too much from the photos, it looks like corrigated fiberglass sheet.
Posibly installed to provide light and some level of privacy in the porch?
It dosn’t look ugly to me and it also may not to prospective buyers.
If it does, let them change it after they buy it.

You could also discuss the appearance with No 2 and see what the consensus is.

Also dont forget its possibly been fitted in the “design of the day” when your house was built so have a look at similar houses and see what they look like.

If you take a look at “The Castle”you will see it has yellow textured glass below the windows on the veranda which was the style of the day, and I assume its a similar situation with your “Castle”

Hope its of some help.

—Regards Rob

-- Regards Rob

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sheilatequila

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#3 posted 04-22-2019 06:10 AM



Hello Sheila Tequila,

Without knowing too much from the photos, it looks like corrigated fiberglass sheet.
Posibly installed to provide light and some level of privacy in the porch?
It dosn’t look ugly to me and it also may not to prospective buyers.
If it does, let them change it after they buy it.

You could also discuss the appearance with No 2 and see what the consensus is.

Also dont forget its possibly been fitted in the “design of the day” when your house was built so have a look at similar houses and see what they look like.

If you take a look at “The Castle”you will see it has yellow textured glass below the windows on the veranda which was the style of the day, and I assume its a similar situation with your “Castle”

Hope its of some help.

—Regards Rob

- robscastle

Hi Rob,

You are right about the light/privacy part. The bigger problem is that there’s no insulation value in those panels and they’re quite loose and leak. If I leave them, I would at the very least have to seal them.

Our weather here in northern Alberta is totally opposite to yours lol. While you sweating it out in the humid 45 degree heat, we’re trying to work up a sweat shovelling snow with the temp at -45. Although your winter temperatures are about the same as our summer ones.

I checked out your location – my daughter is fairly close to you. She’s east of Brisbane in Pine Mountain. (moved from Collingwood Park since I was there in October)

Anyway, leaving the panels for the next owner to worry about is definitely an option. I’ll see what the real estate agent thinks about it.

Thanks for your input.

Sheila

-- - "There is no scrap wood, just pieces not yet used"

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sheilatequila

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#4 posted 04-22-2019 06:19 AM



Well those are probably custom sized windows you’d have to order, then install and trim out, touch up paint etc. Probably better off giving the buyers a credit. Buyers like a credit because they they can do what they want, and feel like they are getting a better deal.

- SMP

All true … 14” x 90” is definitely not standard and it does sound like a lot of work when it’s all written out. I’ll still have to do most of that anyway though since i’ve ripped off the paneling, insulated and will be installing drywall.

Thanks for the input.

Sheila

-- - "There is no scrap wood, just pieces not yet used"

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gmc

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#5 posted 04-22-2019 10:42 AM

If your handy enough you could just order the glass and replace them yourself. I did this on a house I bought and it looked like I had them professionally replaced. I would think that is the cheapest option available for replacing them. As stated you could offer the new buyers a credit for them. It’s really up to you and your real estate agent. Good luck!

-- Gary, Central Illinois

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 04-22-2019 11:51 AM

I agree with SMP..houses are selling in a few days and there are plenty of buyers. Give a credit for the new owner to design!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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bilyo

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#7 posted 04-22-2019 06:23 PM

Another point of view—If I am buying, I appreciate a credit for big ticket items, like a kitchen overhaul, particularly when there are multiple possible design and color options involved. For smaller simpler things that are in the category of “repair”, I would prefer that it be done. If I were doing this, I would order some plain, frosted, or patterned glass, install it and be done. Something like this looks better and helps support the house by not standing out as something that needs doing.

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mahdee

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#8 posted 04-22-2019 06:52 PM

I would remove the windows and siding, cut a diamond shape window in the middle on top (you can order any custom size window at HD or Lowes) and put matched or contrasting siding to cover the rest. Off course insulate/install 2x’s where the windows were.

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