Over the last two years we've looked into getting them replaced several times, and in several different ways. Yes, we even contemplated doing it ourselves (what were we thinking!). We finally came to the conclusion that we can't do the entire house in one shot. So we chose the most "important" windows - Carter's room and ours. His because the seals are cracked and there was no screen so I couldn't open it in the summer and ours because our room is the coldest in the entire house. We spent a fortune heating it last winter when I was up nursing Carter.
We (in theory) are paying cash for the windows (something that's changed for us, no more debt - but that's something for another post). So anyway, back to the "theory" of paying cash. We have the majority of cash in hand, we get a tax rebate of 30% on the windows come tax time. That 30% back will pay off the rest of the windows. Needless to say, we are going to file our taxes in January so we can pay off the windows sooner.
Now on to the fun part - pictures!!
Carter's room before
After - sorry, don't have the curtains finished. I'll add those pics later
Our room before
From the outside
Our room after - look at those nice, tight seals!
And with the curtains I made
The room is significantly warmer now! It has been such a blessing to have the windows. I'm really looking forward to finishing the house, after we save cash for it of course.