This past week I have been busy ordering the windows and the trailer. The windows will take 4 weeks to be delivered. It has been a lot more involved than I ever thought possible. Even with house plans, which meant I know all the dimensions needed, there are a lot of choices to be made when it comes to the trailer, but especially with the windows!
With windows you have to decide on the style, the way the open (if they open), metal/vinyl/wood/mixed, what kind of hand crank, what color is the crank, choose from one of the 10 options for screens, but then match the screen to the screen frame color!
So for those of you who are interested in the details here is the details on the windows. Please note window sizes are approximate:
- 4 windows: 20″ x 30″ ($321 each)
- 2 windows: 24″ x 24″ ($279 each)
- 2 windows: 22″ x 40″ ($460 each)
- 4 windows: 15″ x 40″ ($177 each)
- 1 Skylight: 21″ x 27″ ($428)
Grand total for windows and everything (taxes, flashing, etc.): $3,962.65
That price tag might seem like a lot to many, but anyone who has purchased windows will let you know that it is an expensive proposition. Many people use stock window sizes or windows found on craig’s list or the Re-store to save money. While I really like the idea of re-purposing old items, you often cannot find windows that are tempered which is really important if you are building your Tiny House on wheels. While the house goes down the road, you want it to be able to withstand the bumps in the road. Here is a video attesting the to strength of tempered glass.
All the windows are made by Jeld-Wen and are Low-e Tempered glass, double pane and filled with Argon. The windows are all awning style so that you can still have them open when it is raining (to compensate for small eves). They are natural wood on the inside and metal clad on the outside (mesa red). I chose the hide away cranks and just went with the standard metal color that they use because it saved about $800 on the whole order.
The sky light made by Velux, which is one of the biggest manufactures of skylights and I got a standard size. This was a simple choice because they don’t give a lot of options. You really choose size, deck mount (what I choose) or curb mount, and whether it opens ($428) or is fixed ($189). I decided to spring for the one that opens with a crank because it is the window that is at the highest point of my house, so I wanted to be able to vent hot air out.
- Builder’s Tip: Be sure to read up on how to properly flash a window. Windows and doors are the most vulnerable spots on a house for the water to seep in.