Opening all the windows in your home is one of the first sure signs spring has arrived! After a long winter, you might notice your home is in need of a little love. Tackling spring cleaning is much easier if you open all the windows, turn up some great music and get moving!
This month, interior design extraordinaire Kelsey Johnston celebrated the one-year anniversary of the completion of her dream farmhouse featuring beautiful Pella® 450 Series Windows. We sat down with Ashley to talk about modern farmhouse architecture and how she and her husband were able to pull off such a beautiful feat.
Pella: Tell us about your home building experience. How do you feel now that you’ve lived in your home for a year?
Johnston: Building a home is not for the faint of heart. Building a custom home, especially one in which you as the homeowner are acting as the interior design and final decision maker, well I'm pretty sure that's reserved for the truly crazy. There are simply so many decisions that need to be made that it's impossible to come out on the other side without a few things one might wish they would have done differently, but as I sit here today, I'm actually quite impressed with the small number of things we would change. We love our house, and I'm so grateful to call this place home each and every day.
Of all of the design details in the home, which are your favorite?
A few things I love: the custom quartz countertop in our master bathroom, engineered hardwood throughout the home, pocket doors, the variety of window shapes and sizes, our metal roof and wood accents.
You have a varying number of different window styles throughout the home. What led you to go with different styles and how can homeowners make better window selections based on function?
The architectural design of our home and the function of each space played a critical role in the window styles we chose. The second floor is comprised mainly of double hung windows with a single vertical grille – giving the illusion of added height and a traditional farmhouse vibe. The first floor features casement and awning windows, maximizing airflow and showcasing a more modern design aesthetic. The star of the show, however, is the oversized floor to ceiling window featured on the front of the house which is comprised of fixed windows on the top and middle portions and awning on the bottom. At the end of the day, I always recommend selecting the window that is going to provide the best combination of form and function for a given space.
What was your favorite part about the home building process?
Looking back on our home building process, my favorite parts were those that caused some of the most stress at the time – funny how that works! I like to think that my husband and I have a knack for "figuring it out". We were faced with a number of tough decisions throughout our build, and we had to continually balance the scales between time and budget. We learned to thrive in these situations by putting our heads together and figuring out solutions. Most notably, our use of IKEA cabinetry throughout the home. We designed, picked up, hauled, assembled, and installed these systems ourselves, saving us thousands of dollars and truly testing our marriage! I like to think we came out on the other side stronger than ever (and IKEA experts!).
How important was energy efficiency to you in the window buying process?
As soon as we made the decision to build our home, our top priority was energy efficiency. We chose to use Pella Windows because they offered the energy efficiency and style we needed that fit within our budget. We worked with McComb Window and Door out of Indianapolis and had a wonderful experience! We were able to visit the showroom and test out all of our options which really helped us feel confident in our selections. Our builder, Dan Porzel of Cedar Street Builders, also highly recommended using Pella Windows. We love them!
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