WINDOW FACTORY TOUR:
Window technology has come a long way in the last 30 years. Today’s windows are much more efficient, saving money and energy, and keep noise out too. I went with the Next Home crew 5 hours north, to Fresno, CA, to tour Anlin windows’ cutting edge window factory. We got to walk through and see giant automated robots and machines make custom windows and window frames.
WINDOW INSTALLATION AT THE PROJECT HOUSE:
Then the guys from American Vision Windows installed new windows in the project house. The original single pane windows were 30 years old, it actually felt cold standing next to them and… this is southern California! The old windows also had grids, which work well with some home styles, but we wanted a clean, contemporary, open feeling so we went with no grid windows. The new windows, sans grids, made a huge difference! …And energy costs are lower too!
The darkest room in the house was… the living room but not anymore! Skylights saved the day (light)!
The Velux solar powered skylights we found for the Next Home Project House are great because the sun powers the operation of them, which means you don’t have to run any wires. In addition to opening and closing by remote, the blinds inside raise and lower as well, and best of all they have a rain sensor that is activated by just a few drops of rainwater – when it rains the skylights automatically close and have a tight water seal.
To add more light to a very dark stairway, we installed a Skytube also by Velux. A Skytube is a highly reflective skylight and cylinder/tube that forces light down the tube and floods the area underneath with that light. We put our skytube at the top of the stairs and it made a huge difference. The skytube lights the stairway so well that the lights only need to be turned on at night – saving energy all day.