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Seeking thoughts on windows, siding, and new portico

Alana Lipkin
4 years ago

I'm replacing the windows and siding on this Garrison in the Boston suburbs. For siding I'm considering Grayne and Certainteed Monogram. Provia windows seem like the best option I've been offered with Simonton as a second choice.

1. Any suggestions on a portico design? I'm tired of getting soaked when I enter my house.

2. For new windows, am I missing any cost effective brands?

3. Window grids or no grids? What kind of trim should I get for around the windows?

4. Shutters or no shutters?

5. The windows on the short side of the house are Anderson casement. I don't like them because they feel cold and are difficult to use with a window a/c, but I'm wondering if the expense of replacing them will result in much energy savings.

6. The door to the left opens into a storage area and I'll be replacing it with a pull-out door to make better use of the small space. Anything I should know about doing this?

Thanks for your advice! I'm looking forward to sharing the after picture!

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