Windows & Doors: It’s About the Looks, Too









We all know about the energy efficiency benefits of replacing old windows and doors with new ones. It’s a sure-fire way to save on heating bills and stay more comfortable in the winter.

But in all the hoopla about tax credits and Energy Star ratings, we sometimes forget a simple fact: new windows and doors can also make your home look a lot nicer, inside and outside.

We’ve seen the dramatic impact that windows and doors can make — whether it’s to retain the period look of the rest of the house or introduce an interesting contrast. Here are a few of our favorite examples.

Here a client added a bay window in their kitchen just for the looks.   Now, with the bench added, they find they often sit there while having coffee with friends or watching the kids play in the


As part of an addition project, a double French door with retractable screen that opens out onto the deck was installed.  It was purely about the aesthetics, joining the outside living area seamlessly with the kitchen; it was a nice touch.


Two of the key priorities for this  kitchen remodel were to bring in more light and enhance the view of their deck and backyard. They achieved both by adding three gorgeous, arched casement windows above the farmer’s sink.



This family had similar goals for their kitchen remodel. The new windows fit in seamlessly with the traditional look of their early-1900s home while letting the family enjoy the view of the pond out back.



Ask the Right Questions
It’s pretty easy to find companies that will replace windows and doors
on the cheap. But here are a few questions to ask:
Do they look at the big picture? At Custom, we approach window and door replacements just as we would any other project. That is, we start by consulting with you on design before moving on to the installation.
Who actually handles the installation? A lot of these companies sell the job and then hire out the installation. You don’t know who’s going to show up to do the actual work.
How much variety can they offer? Unlike most of these companies, Custom gives you access to a wide variety of brands and styles. So you can count on getting a product that matches your vision.
Can they handle unforeseen problems? At Custom, we’re experienced in dealing with rot and other problems that often come with old windows and doors. And we back all our work with a one-year warranty, which gives you peace of mind.

Endless Possibilities
Spruce up the entryway with a new door or replace that old patio slider with dramatic French doors. Transform a bathroom with a bay window or bring more light into a bedroom with roof windows. These days, new windows and doors will always improve your energy efficiency. But they can also enhance the pleasure you feel being in your home.

Thinking about replacing your windows or doors? We’d be happy to discuss your project — give us a call at 781-648-2835.



Custom Contracting, Inc. 1267A Massachusetts Ave. Arlington, MA 02476 Phone: 781-648-2835 Fax: 781-648-0907 Email:

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