Our first purchase for the new home is complete and it’s …. WINDOWS !!!! Kori and I rolled down to our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore (ReStore) because they were having a 25% off everything sale – and we need everything.
ReStore is a donation center for home building where you can find tile, flooring, tools, windows, doors, appliances, furniture, and more. We looked through the selection of windows and selected 3 72″x72″ windows and a huge sliding glass door. We additionally got 1 smaller window that will likely be the peek-a-boo window in our bookcase.
There are a few things to consider when buying windows this way:
- No warranty – If the glass hazes or its somehow damaged during transportation – its on us to replace.
- No manufacturer EPA sticker – so we can’t be totally sure the R-value of the window. There are some manufacturer stickers so we can hopefully find this out.
- Quantity and buyability – we only got 3 out of 4 windows we need. Hopefully we can find one more identical window either at another ReStore or from the manufacturer. If the window is too old though, it might be tough to match.
The #1 Benefit of buying this way:
- Savings – a similarly designed window at the local box store costs over $300/ea. We paid $90/ea for some major savings.
Now our windows and doors are happily tucked inside the garage waiting for spring to be installed. We’re updating our house drawings to account for a slightly larger window than planned – which will translate into extending one wall by about 2ft.
Note: The featured image is NOT our windows. Image from NYT.com.