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WHAT’S UP FOR THE WEEKEND? HERE ARE SOME IDEAS!
There’s a lot going on at the Boston Children’s Museum where you can get your new year’s fortune in the Japanese House, make shaving cream prints at the STEAM Studio, see the tale of The Three Little Pigs at the KidStage and so much more! https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/calendar
After spending some time at the Museum of Science, taking a stroll through the Public Garden or ice skating at Frog Pond, refuel at one of Boston’s many outstanding restaurants. There are 23 neighborhoods in and around the city that offer an array of cuisines and atmospheres, so there’s something for everyone. Here’s a list from Boston.com http://bit.ly/2Fpznke
Speaking of ice skating, if you want to stay closer to home head to Brooks School on Sunday night. For just $3 per skater you can glide around the indoor rink from 6:45-8:45 every Sunday through February 24th. http://bit.ly/2QzJswU
From Spirituals to Hip Hop: The Social and Political History of American Music, presented by the Stevens Memorial Library. Using recorded music, film clips, and images Kevin Comtois, author and lecturer, will trace the evolution of American music. A free event on Sunday from 2:30-3:30. https://www.stevensmemlib.org/
Do your kids love Imagination Movers? Here’s your chance to be a hero and take them to see a live performance! The show takes place Saturday at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry at 11:00. http://bit.ly/2SLQ7Gn
For some old fashioned fun, check out the Old Newbury Christmas Tree Bonfire on Saturday at Tendercrop Farm from 3-9 pm. The 1690 Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm house will be open for tours 3-5pm, and there will be food, drinks & fun for the entire family! The event is free-- parking is $10 per car. http://www.tendercropfarm.com/
There’s a little bit of everything at Mill No. 5 in Lowell. Partake in a specialty food tour, pick up some artisan cheese and locally made food, grab a coffee and sit awhile or take in a movie at the Luna Theater. http://millno5.com/
The Princess and the Pea hits the stage at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation Meeting Hall at 6 Locke Street on Saturday at 10:30 am. Bring the kids to see the show and then stay afterwards to try on costumes! http://bit.ly/2M0Qdr9
There’s live music Saturday night at Crossroads at 8 pm, when Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas perform. The Boston musician, a guitarist since the age of 13, has been nominated for three Boston Music Awards and “Best Blues Act” in the 2018 New England Music Awards. The self-titled debut from Matthew Stubbs & the Antiguas is a diverse and propulsive aﬀair, combining psych rock with garage rock, acid blues and afrobeat. www.crossroadsmusicseries.org
Open Houses! Beat the buyers waiting for the spring market and come check out some local open houses on Sunday. For a list of properties, or to inquire about specific properties, feel free to call or email! www.andover-topbroker.com
New windows can work wonders for a house. Depending on how old your windows are, replacements can make your home less drafty, and much quieter, but they can also spruce up a room that’s starting to look dated.
When you replace your windows you also might see a drop in your heating bill. However, the cost of replacing windows is steeper than you’re ever likely to save on heat. So, if you’re thinking of replacing your windows just to save cash, in the long run there might be better ways of doing so.
In this article, we’re going to talk about choosing replacement windows for your home. We’ll walk you through the different types of windows so you can find the type that fits your needs. Read on for our replacement windows buyer’s guide.
Choosing the right window style
There are endless types of windows that you could find in a given home. However, four main styles are what we normally think of when talking about replacement windows.
Single vs double-hung windows
First, there are single and double-hung windows. In double-hung windows, both the top and bottom sash are operable, or able to be opened. Being able to utilize both sashes is beneficial for airflow. Opening the top sash will allow the warm air escape, opening the bottom sash will allow cool air to enter.
In single-hung windows, only the lower sash is able to be opened and closed. But otherwise, they are very similar to double-hung windows.
Both of these types of windows come in variants that allow you to pivot the sashes inward to clean the exterior glass. However, if you buy single-hung windows you’ll only be able to wash the lower sash. Keep that in mind if you’re buying windows for a second floor or attic window.
Sliding windows are those which move horizontally on their tracks. They produce good ventilation and are easy to use. However, just like single-hung and double hung windows, they do slightly obstruct your view at the midpoint when closed. The rectangular shape of sliding windows, however, means you won’t likely be able to install an air conditioner.
Casement style windows
The last main type of window we’ll talk about are casement style windows. This type of window operates on a hinge like a door would. When they’re fully opened, they produce good ventilation. When they’re fully closed, they don’t obstruct the view at all.
However, just like with sliding windows, you won’t be able to install an AC unit. Furthermore, this type of window is more prone to malfunction due to the crank and hinge system, and cranking it open and closed all the time could be a minor annoyance for some homeowners.
Window frames come in four main materials--vinyl, wood, clad-wood, and aluminum.
Vinyl is the most common. They look clean and modern, and they also resist heat and condensation making them easy to maintain.
Wood frames are regaining popularity. Since they often come unfinished, you can easily customize them to your home.
Clad-wood frames are wood on the interior and aluminum on the exterior, making them rugged and resistant to weathering and rot.
Aluminum windows are economical, lightweight, and easy to maintain.
Now that you know a bit more about windows, you’ll be better equipped to decide what type of replacements to purchase for your home.
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