When Barb Rosen, the blogger behind that we came across on , spotted a stack of antique windows at a , she snatched them up. While she didn't immediately have a plan for them, she knew they would come in handy — and then inspiration struck. She decided to use them to build something she always wanted: A dreamy .
It took her a year and a half to round up enough windows (she called "dibs!" when family and friends were having their old windows replaced), but once she had a pile of 'em, she enlisted the help of her carpenter friend to help her build the 8-by-10-foot room. They started by building a floor, and then went to work determining the best layout for the windows — or, in other words, putting together the puzzle of a lifetime.
Since some windows didn't fit together perfectly, they cut them to fit and used strips of wood to fill in gaps. She also made sure her original antique purchases were in the center of each wall to help them stand out.
Finally, they added the clear roof panels and painted all of the wood a crisp white to highlight the windows' charming character.
Take a look:
Inside, she chose a sand-colored ceramic tile floor with a white border, added floating shelves and antique furniture for displaying plants, and finished it off with her vintage patio table and chair set.
In the end, the materials cost $1,695 (but the windows were nearly free!) and labor was a total of $2,000 — but intrepid DIYers might be able to do more of the work themselves to cut costs. To see many more photos of the process and glean lessons Barb learned from the project, head over to .