No, there is too much. Lemme sum up:
you think I should get a rug in here. I do, too. But I am too cheap.
But that's not what I meant to say.
What I meant to say was--
back in the day when we house shopped, the main, clinching decision on our house we know and love and call home and sleep in and cook in and yell at our kids in,
was the open-ness of the floor plan. All the windows, and the natural light, baby.
I have this thing about not feeling like I live in a cave. It's part of my mental situation.
Now, let's get to the problem, here: it's summer. That wall of windows are west-facing.
Imagine, for a moment, what kind of heat there is at sunset in this room, if you will.
Are you thinking: frying eggs?
Are you thinking: Hell's Kitchen/Family room?
Are you thinking: boiling lava hot?
You're about there.
I was actually waiting for my family room TV to burst into flames one of these days with that kind of sunlight. It was a very magnifying glass/ants type of dealy-o.
So, I mulled over the possibilities: blinds? window tinting? How dark would my house feel after the windows were tinted? Hmm. . . ?
And then the Daddy-o said,
"Your house is waaaaay too bright anyways. I have to squint every time I visit."
And then I put him in a headlock and squeezed and told him to take it back. My house has feelings too, dang it.
He never took it back.
Okay, so here's my public service announcement. You know, if you were considering window tinting. If you had a wall of west windows that you used to make s'mores at sunset. And because I paid for mine like a normal person. I don't get kickbacks like those fancy cool bloggers.
-It's pricey. I called a lot of places and got a range of $4-$6 per square foot. I could have covered my windows in a pretty nice grade of hardwood for that cost, dang it.
-If you wait until winter the prices will drop, because they are bored. They are now busy tinting the windows of people like me who might spontaneously combust.
(This is my window tinting dude. He was totally cool and very well priced. He only made fun of me a couple times. And he told me that he's "been in a lot of houses, but yours is the most unique of any I've ever been in." I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. I'm still pondering on it.)
-You can pick between gray-ish tones of tint, or beige tones. These will affect the coloring of your home. (The Gray tint will give your home colder tones, the beige warm. You're like, DUH.)
(Look! Middle and right window done, left undone. I went with beige. ("Thank you, Captain Obvious!")
-While the film on your windows does give the appearance of looking "mirror-y" inside, it does not, in fact, offer any privacy. So no, you can't now walk around in za nude. I let the hubs know. Not that he was very careful about it before.
So! Survey says?
-It is noticeably cooler in my house. Significantly. Hallelujah.
-I can now watch TV at sunset, where as before, it was ridiculously impossible. (it's still not awesome, mind you, but it's doable. I'm not, like, trying to watch the season finale of Vampire Diaries with a sheet over my head and over the TV.)
-It doesn't feel noticeably darker. Like I don't really notice at all. Maybe just a little. But not really. But kind of. But mostly not.