In the picture above, the people swapped out their vinyls for wood. That shot was a 'before'; here is a 'during.' They found their replacements via salvage/Craigslist. They added storm windows to the new/old wood windows and say that the partnership is 'MUCH' warmer and draft-proof than the old vinyl widows.
Sweetie Pie and I are in the process of fact-finding window replacements/upgrades. Last week, we had a consultation with a window manufacturer for state of the art, composite replacements with unfinished, real wood laminate interiors. The quote? $30k for 20 windows. One of them is a gigantic 'picture' window that clocked in at $8k alone. Ouch. We're getting 3 more quotes, but I'm not expecting great savings from the other companies. We're also exploring the DIY route, of course, but even those replacements with wood interiors average about $1,000 a window. Of course, one of the biggest adders is the wood interiors that we want. That's because we have an aversion to white composite (or vinyl, which Sweetie Pie REALLY doesn't like) coupled with our wood interior trim. How about you? What do you think? Do white windows and natural wood trim ever work??