windowWhen it comes to high-quality doors and windows, Pella West Michigan is proud to be one the premier leaders in Pella windows Grand Rapids MI areas, but it’s always nice to hear about stories from other parts of the country as well. In one recent instance, Pella windows were spotted as one of the defining pieces in a brand new house built entirely by college kids.

According to the North Platte Bulletin, students enrolled in North Platte Community College’s Building Construction, Electrical Technology and Heating Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration programs have made it an annual tradition to build a house as a type of final project. The house they made this year will be auctioned off, as they always are, with the proceeds going into a scholarship fund for future students entering the program. It’s a great tradition that has gone since 1971!

“The whole design is different than what we have done in the past,” building construction instructor Roger Fattig said. “The roofline is more interesting, there’s rock on the front of the house and high, arched windows on both the front and back of the home allow lots of light into the living area.”

To illustrate the house’s value further, one must only look at the starting bid price. NPCC Foundation, which is in charge of the auction, has set the starting bid at $100,000. Not bad, especially when you consider the Nebraska real estate market isn’t exactly the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Bids will be accepted until April 29.

One of the home’s best features is, of course, the energy-efficient, triple pane Pella windows. From the Pella Designer Series, students even opted for the easy-to-change blinds between the glass.

“The home is definitely laid out well for efficiency — especially in the kitchen,” Fattig said. “Other features in the kitchen include a huge island and nice, big French doors that could lead from the kitchen to a patio. The Rustic Alder cabinets have a Fruitwood stain, lights underneath them and quartz countertops.”

If your windows are over 15 years old, it’s probably time for an upgrade. Not only can you put in new ones that are more energy-efficient (up to 25% on your energy bill, according to the Department of Energy), but doing so will be an enjoyable experience, according to the 2015 Remodeling Impact Report. Respondents gave window replacement projects a Joy Score of 9.4 out of 10.

Take a page from these college students notebook’s and invest in Pella windows.