If you’re considering adding new windows to your home, there are many elements to consider. Here are tips about the placement, shape, style and function to consider.
Where to Add a New Window
Placement is essential for your new window.
- Add windows surrounding an entryway to create a more dramatic entrance. This way you see when your visitors arrive.
- If you have a small kitchen where wall space is taken up by storage areas and appliances, a skylight can be a good alternative.
- Take advantage of a room with vaulted ceiling by adding high windows.
- Consider adding a window to an expanse of roof, such as dormer or gable windows for the appearance of height to the interior and exterior of your home. A dormer is a walled structure that protrudes from the surface of a sloping roof. The gable is the part of a wall that encloses the end of a pitched roof.
Style and Function of Window
Aside from being stylistic, the size and shape of your windows should reflect how they will function.
- High windows can be perfect for adding natural air circulation to a large room.
- For a dramatic look and loads of light, consider installing floor to ceiling windows. A window of this style should probably face a backyard to maintain privacy. If you have children, this can be a perfect way to watch them play.
- Bay windows create an alcove where you can place a seating area perfect for lounging while admiring the view outside with added the functionality of storage space below.
- Double hung windows can be opened by sliding either the top or bottom pane, whereas single hung windows only have one movable pane. Whether you decide on double or single hung windows may depend on what floor they’ll be located on because double hung windows are easier to clean.
- Awning and hopper style windows are typically used in basements for controlled circulation. Both hinge along the top and open upward. Awning windows open outward while hopper windows open inward.
- Casement windows hinge on the sides and open by using a crank, allowing the maximum amount of ventilation.
- Bottom-mounted shades can leave the top part of your windows exposed, allowing you to maintain privacy and light and a view of the sky.
Shape and Style of Glass
Don’t forget that there are almost endless ways you can customize the style of glass you use to add more detail or privacy to your window addition.
- Think outside the box when it comes to shape. Aside from the traditional rectangle, consider a circle, arch or keyhole window. If you have a room with soft edges, match the design with a circular window.
- Even in a narrow wall space, long skinny windows look modern and add light without sacrificing privacy.
- High windows that are wider than they are long, such as transom windows above doors, are perfect place to put stained glass. In a older home, stained glass windows create a Victorian feel.
- There are a wide variety of options for art glass panes. Grille work as well as overall shape can be customized.
- Frosted or patterned glass adds an interesting design element that obscures vision for privacy without sacrificing light. This might be necessary in a room like the bathroom.
One of the most important considerations for investing in a new window is energy efficiency. About 30 percent of the home’s heat escapes through small cracks and holes around windows and doors, leading to a 50-75 percent increase in your fuel bills. It’s now easier than ever to get efficient materials without compromising style or breaking the bank.
If you’re considering getting new or replacement windows, contact us and learn more about our products available for New England homeowners. We can help you make a choice for the best design and investment for your home.