Today I’m sharing how to modernize a split level home with black windows. Modernizing a split level home exterior can be achieved in 4 simple steps and black windows are a key component.
We just completed installing brand new black windows in our Foxboro split level home and they look amazing!
Split Level Remodels
The picture above shows the cute split level house with the old white windows and old siding.
There are a significant amount of split level renovations and remodels going on right now in our area and many seem to be jumping on the white exterior with black windows trend.
Don’t worry though, you can still achieve a modern exterior look if you prefer white windows.
Jim has been working weekends and many times at night after work pushing through the remodeling process of this house.
If you haven’t taken a tour of the inside of this split level home before the remodel started, take one now!
We started by removing all the existing windows and removing any rotted sills.
The existing windows were drafty and very inefficient.
The house was built in the late 1960’s and I’m not sure if they had ever been replaced.
How do you increase curb appeal in a Split Level home?
Once the windows were removed, Jim and his crew enlarged the window opening with a sawzall to increase the height to accommodate the new black windows.
The correct nails for installing a window will depend on your vinyl frame size.
We used 1 1/2 inch framing nails.
The new window frames were all lined with black weather tape to help keep moisture out.
The black window and door tape is so sticky!
Do Black Windows Cost More?
We decided to go with Simonton vinyl black windows and each window was about $125 more than a typical standard white window.
The overall cost increase was about $1000 so in the end, that’s not a lot considering the modern farmhouse look we are going for.
I can’t wait for the new white board and batten siding to be installed and the new modern view of this home!
Can you visually see how gorgeous this split level home is going to be once the new white siding, black windows and front door are installed?
Jim was very diligent about making sure each window was level before completely nailing it to the window frame.
Split Level Exterior Facelift
There was a bit of extra work due to enlarging the existing window opening but in the end, the larger sized windows will add a lot of curb appeal and architectural interest to the front of the house.
You can see above the black windows are installed and the front door opening as also been cut out to fit the new front door.
WAIT until you see the new door from Horner Millwork and Masonite. It’s gorgeous!
This cute home is on it’s way to a modern transformation!
We picked the Masonite Heritage Craftsman Series with sidelights and a 12″ inch transom.
The transom and sidelights will have black grills as well.
Wondering how to modernize a split level home?
Honestly, it is so difficult to buy a home right now because of the low supply that many homeowners are hiring contractors and opting to modernize their existing exterior house and add-on additional space.
Updating your home exterior with siding, windows, doors and a new roof adds tremendous value to any home.
Did you see the new kitchen layout post with the center wall torn down inside and new skylights?
Be sure to hope over and start from the beginning of this remodel series by clicking each link below.
- Cute split level house renovation project house tour (when Jim bought the house)
- Opening up a load bearing wall between kitchen and living room
- Adding a beam in the kitchen – load bearing wall
Stay tuned, I will be back next week with the door installation for the front door, back patio and basement door.