Need help with windows, please! Tan vs White issue

southernmumFebruary 2, 2013

I'm hoping some of you building pros can help me out! Now that we've picked out our stone, it's becoming clear to me that tan/beige windows would look best on the exterior. However, my builder says that if they're tan on the outside, that they're tan on the inside. That doesn't work for me! I like seeing white windows on the inside, as all of my trim will be white. He says that to get white on the inside, we will have to MAJORLY increase our window budget. Ugh... we've already gone over on so many things in our budget, I really don't want to increase the cost of this house any more. So, here are my questions: do you have any recommendations on windows that can be one color on the inside, different color on the outside? and 2) if you have tan/beige windows on the inside, do you like them and could you post a few pics? Many thanks!

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renovator8

Are they vinyl? Why can't the exterior be white?

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 1:28PM
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rrah

She wants tan on the outside and white on the inside because the tan works better with the stone color and the white works better with the interior trim.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 1:34PM
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lucy0214

We just went through this, we picked the tan color. I didn't even think about the interior until they were installed. My white kitchen went out the window because te white looked cold to me next to the windows. Out trim will be the same color as our windows and walls lighter. I like the idea now. Trim is being installed and walls painted next week. Our house is at the foot of the mountains in the south so sort of rustic. Ill post pics of the trim after it gets painted. Let me see if I can find window pics.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 1:36PM
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lucy0214

I don't really have good one of interior. Our builder did it in another house and honestly I didn't even notice. We're happy with ours.


    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 1:49PM
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pps7

You didn't mention what type of windows you are getting. My windows are black on the outside and white on the inside. I have wood clad windows with sdl.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 2:04PM
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nini804

Yes, our windows came with a color on the outside, and wood (to be painted any color) on the inside. They are SDL also.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 2:13PM
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momto3kiddos

We are using Plygem Pro 400 series. It is a wood-composite (pvc) window, so the outside can be painted and the inside is white. They are reasonably priced windows.We have not painted the outside yet, but we used a similar window at my husbands office 7 years ago and it still looks very good.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 2:27PM
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saftgeek

Lucy0214 - what is the name of the stone you're using? I really like the look. Are you saying the inside of your windows are white or tan?

Very interesting comments so far. I had assumed tan windows were just that, tan inside and out.

Saftgeek-

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 4:25PM
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lucy0214

We got the rock through general shale, it's called splitface limestone in Cherokee color. It doesn't have mortar yet. We have tan vinyl inside and outside I think they are Windcore or something like that. Thanks

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 6:01PM
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renovator8

What happened to southernmum? I'm trying to think of where tan/beige windows would look good with stone and I'm not coming up with anything convincing. I can imagine that would be true of several other colors including white but not tan/beige.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 7:53PM
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renovator8

another stone house

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 7:56PM
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renovator8

another stone house

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 7:57PM
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southernmum

I'm here! Sorry, I've had a busy day! I appreciate all the responses. My stone is called Mossy Creek Olde World, and I just worry white windows might stand out. Here is a sample of the stone and the tan/beige windows this owner used. (Found this on the stone co. website.) Oh, and yes, they are vinyl clad, I believe. I need to go look at my contract and will come back and post specifics. Thanks again! *Lucy, I love your house! So pretty! And it's interesting, I live on a mountain in the South, too! :)

This post was edited by southernmum on Thu, Feb 28, 13 at 19:44

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 10:12PM
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southernmum

I should also mention, the stone on the house above is my selection of stone as well. This is not my house, but my stone! :)

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 10:13PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Our windows came vinyl on the outside and pre-painted wood on the inside, except where we were staining them and they came with the bare wood on the inside.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 7:53AM
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downsy

Southern mom - you live in same town as me! My builder built the house in your photo! I have almond vinyl windows on inside and outside. You are more than welcome to see in person if you want. My email is windowaccentsatepbfi.com. (Use @ in place of thr letters!)

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 8:39AM
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southernmum

Downsy, that's wild! I don't know anyone irl that comes to Garden Web! I'll email you... Small world!

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 10:12PM
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