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Remember wayyy back, about 10 months ago, when I shared before photos of our kitchen and said the only thing that’s staying is our garden window? Welp, I changed my mind!! After seeing all of the new, materials going into the space, I knew a replacement was needed. It just looked so dated and sad. Thankfully, Milgard Windows & Doors reached out to partner… almost as though they were reading my mind. In one weekend, we swapped out the old one and installed a modern casement window with clean lines. I’m so happy we did!
Everything You Need to Know about Selecting a New Milgard Window
How to shop for a new window
What’s so funny about owning a home is how each renovation makes me feel more and more like I’m ‘adulting.’ And, honestly, nothing made me feel more like a grown up that buying a window! I truly had no idea what I was doing. Thankfully, when I went shopping at Sound View Window & Door, a Milgard dealer, the team was incredible. They took their time explaining the differences between the different types of windows, such as casement, single hung, double hung, and horizontal slider.
Also, I learned even more benefits of a new Milgard window, such as:
- Increased energy efficiency — Milgard actually conducts thermal simulations to improve the performance of their windows and patio doors.
- A full Lifetime Warranty
- And incredible durability — Believe it or not, the window we replaced is what I like to refer to as ‘vintage Milgard.’ I’m guessing it was at least 30-35 years old, which proves just how long they last!
As a reminder, that is what this area used to look like! What a transformation, huh??
How I chose our new Milgard window
Once I had a firm understanding of the different types of windows, it was easy to see which would be best for the space. We chose a casement window because it would allow the most airflow into the kitchen. Prior to the remodel, we barely had any air movement. This new window has been a huge upgrade for us! Also, I grew up in a home with crank hardware on the windows and I just love it.
Another benefit to a casement window is that now I can pass food out to the deck — it’s such a breeze now to entertain! Our window came with a screen that we can easily pop into place, but we like to keep it open so that there’s a pass through to the deck.
We also chose a slightly larger window to allow more light into the kitchen. The new casement window is 36″ wide which is the largest size you can get with a single piece of glass. Otherwise, there will need to be supports in the middle, which totally makes sense.
Lastly, as you can see, once the window is opened, it rests perfectly against the side of the house. It’s so unobtrusive! Previously, I constantly hit my head on our old garden window when we were on the deck because it stuck out so far.
The installation of our Milgard window
As a refresher, this video shows the installation of our new window. No joke, it was so easy. Going into this project, I didn’t realize how easy it is to change a window… which is why I didn’t plan to do it in the first place!
And… surprise, there’s a giveaway!
Milgard will give one lucky Jojotastic reader a $50 Visa Gift Card. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite part about how the new window changed the look of our kitchen! The giveaway ends on Tuesday May 14 at 10:30 am PST. Open to US readers only. One winner will be randomly chosen. Good luck!
Now I’m casting an eye to all the other windows in our tiny bungalow and considering changing them, too! To get this look in your home, check out the Trinsic Casement Window series.