Homeowners sometimes assume that all of the windows in their home must be of the same style. For instance, you may think that every window must be a double-hung window or that you need a full set of casement windows. While this may work well in some homes where all of the window openings are of the same size and are placed on wide, open walls, many homes actually look and function best when you vary the window style.
Varying your window style throughout the home allows you to get the most out of each window. Here is a look at some of the unique and challenging window spaces seen in many homes, along with the window styles that work best in such areas.
Above a Counter
Having a window above a kitchen or laundry room counter brings natural light into the room and makes it easier to see what you’re working on. However, windows above counters are often short, even if the windows throughout the rest of the home stretch from floor to ceiling. You must also reach across the counter to open the window; it’s challenging to open and close a double-hung or sliding window from this angle.
Awning windows work wonderfully above counters. This window style is mounted on hinges across the top of the window. To open it, you just turn a little crank, which is placed at the base of the window where it’s easy to reach from across the counter. Since above-counter windows are usually small and short, the single panel of glass in the awning window looks tidy and proportional.
Along a Patio or Deck
When a window opens up to a patio or deck, casement and awning styles simply won’t work. These styles swing open, getting in the way of your patio space and potentially brushing against your landscaping.
Sliding windows, however, work wonderfully against patios. This style of window is usually wider than it is tall, which gives you a full view of the patio from inside your home. To open a sliding window, you just slide one panel to the side. It should move easily within the tracks and stay flush with the window opening so it does not create an obstruction outdoors.
Along a Big, Open Living Room Wall
A standard, rectangular, double-hung or casement window can look puny on a big, open living room wall. A picture window is a much more proportional choice. Picture windows allow a clear view of the outdoors, so it will feel like your landscape is a true part of your living room decor.
Picture windows are very energy-efficient since they do not open. However, if you want the option of opening windows to ventilate your living room, you can install small casement or awning windows to either side of your picture window. These will create a balanced appearance and are easy to open when you need fresh air.
In the Bathroom
Windows in the bathroom are a touchy subject. You want the ability to let in fresh air and sunshine, but a floor-to-ceiling hung window does not offer much in the way of privacy! A small awning window placed at eye level works well in the bathroom. Since the window hinges open at the top, you can leave it open to air out of the bathroom even when it’s rainy outside. The angled glass keeps water from coming in through the window opening.
Small, specialty windows in the shape of a circle or arch also work well in the bathroom when placed at eye level. However, these window styles do not always open, so you will want to pair them with a very good bathroom exhaust fan.
There’s no rule that says all of your windows need to match. In fact, you’re best off varying your window style to suit your needs in various rooms and locations. Use the recommendation above to guide you, and contact JFK Window & Door to learn more about the many styles of windows we offer.