While I'm in the mood for offering practical advice, here is another renovation post on windows.
My husband Rob collects old windows and doors. We have sheds full of them. It's quite overwhelming, particularly when I am longing to turn the old chook shed (hen house) into a Martha Stewart-style greenhouse but can't because it is stacked with old windows.
However, these old windows do come in handy with our renovation projects and if you ask me, nothing looks as elegant as an old casement window.
They also cost a fortune to get made up or to buy new and recycling an old window saves on land fill and saves trees from being cut down.
We will sometimes design a room around a fabulous set of old french doors we have found. In the old church hall we are renovating, we put some old casement windows in the laundry and scullery and they really add character to what would be fairly bland service rooms.
The pics above are some good examples of how we put old windows to good use. These beach cottages were given a new life thanks to these recycled windows.