There are very few things I’d change about this house but one is the way it faces. The morning sun hits the back of the house and the evening sun hits the front.
The evening isn’t so bad bacause the front is the garage, the dining room, the front door and the front bedroom. There’s a porch at the front door so that shades the windows around the door. The front bedroom is Vince’s office so we keep that door closed. When the sun starts getting intense in the dining room, we close those blinds and that helps.
The morning sun is brutal. Our bathroom is on that side of the house so if we don’t close the door to the dressing part of the bathroom, the sun comes through a big window (glass blocks) into our bedroom. We’re usually up by the time the sun is shining through there so it doesn’t bother us.
In the breakfast room (photo was before we had furniture obviously), there are three sets of double windows. As soon as the sun came up, the kitchen began heating up. The former owners had just the toppers so I think the first week we were here visiting, we bought cellular shades and they make a huge difference.
The family room has two windows that are each 96″ tall so we couldn’t just go to Home Depot and get the blinds.
Just about any time of day, the sun coming through those windows is blinding and the heat . . I keep turning the thermostat lower while the sun is shining on my chair which these days, is about til noon. I had mentioned to Vince that as soon as he got here, I wanted to measure the family room windows and get blinds. I think I mention it every morning . . do you want to measure these windows? He always says we’ll do it later. Til . . this morning. He’s been sitting at the dining room table playing on his computer early in the mornings but he’s now moved into the family room. This morning, he said “No matter where I sit, I can’t even see the computer screen for the sun! We need to measure these windows and get blinds!” Right! That’s what I’ve been saying!
Blinds have now been ordered and should be here in two to three weeks.