You’ve worked hard for your money. And now you want to share what you’ve made with your adult children while also watching them benefit from it. If you don’t feel comfortable giving cash, help with a home improvement project is always welcome.
Gifting the new homeowner with a full set of windows is a way to help your child save money, both now and down the road. Before you buy, take a look at what you need to know about picking windows as a present.
Set a Budget
Windows come in a variety of types and in all price ranges. This means you have plenty of choices, depending on your (and your child’s) needs.
Some parents prefer to set their own budget and firmly enforce it. Others would rather hand the budgeting over to their child. Working together to create a mutually agreeable budget is a third option that helps everyone to make compromises and concessions.
If you’re struggling to agree on a figure, give your child the chance to research prices at many different levels. Young adults need to go into the budgeting process with their eyes open. This requires your child to have a realistic picture of what replacement windows cost as well as what your financial situation is.
Look to the Future
You aren’t just helping to pay for your child’s home improvement project right now. You’re also helping them to save money over time. According to ENERGY STAR, new energy-efficient windows can save your child up to a few hundred dollars per year in energy costs, in comparison to the older single-pane windows that their home may have come with.
Multi-pane windows that come with energy-efficient glazing may come with a higher price tag. But if your adult child plans to stay in the home for several years, or decades, investing in better quality windows makes financial sense.
Use Your Experience
You’ve spent your whole parenting life using your life experiences to help your child learn and grow. Don’t stop now that they’re a young adult. If you’ve been through the window replacement process, guide your child with your past experiences.
This may mean choosing a company that you’ve worked with, pointing your child towards a specific type of window, or giving them advice on design considerations to make.
Decide on a Payment Method
Depending on the cost of the windows and installation fee, you may want to consider directly paying the contractor. Writing your adult child a check for replacement windows may cost you when it comes time to pay your taxes. In 2018, monetary gifts that exceed $15,000 are subject to the federal government’s gift tax. The IRS can change this dollar amount by the calendar year (or sometimes years).
If your payment options include a credit card, calculate the interest you’ll pay later on. While some cards may earn points or cash back (depending on the credit card’s program), pay these back immediately to avoid extra fees.
Enjoy the Gift Giving
Home improvement projects aren’t known for always going smoothly. If you run into bumps in the road, work through them together. Savor the gift giving and the positive feelings that it gives to both you and your child.
Now whenever you visit your child, you’ll get to see the windows and remember the joy you felt in the act of giving.
Are you ready to gift your adult child with a houseful of new windows? Contact a window dealer to get started. At JFK Window & Door Co, we offer a wide range of high-quality and energy-efficient windows. Contact us for more information.
With winter just around the corner, you might be wondering if you should replace your windows now or wait until springtime. While you may be able to squeeze a few more months out of your old windows without calamity, new windows will benefit you in many ways once the weather turns cold. Here’s a look at why it’s better to replace your windows now.
New Windows Prevent Moisture Damage
Take a look at the frames and sashes surrounding your old windows. Do you see areas where the wood is turning black or chipping away? These are signs of moisture damage; water and vapor are making their way into your home. This problem will only get worse during the winter when snow builds up on the outside of the window and then slowly melts, seeping through the window.
New windows will keep the snow and water outside, which will prevent water damage to your walls and floor. With moisture outdoors where it belongs, you don’t have to worry about mold growth causing itchy skin and a sore throat all winter, either.
New Windows Lower Your Heating Bill
Heating bills – they’re one of the least pleasant aspects of winter. With old windows, heating bills tend to be high, since so much cold air leaks in around the glass.
New windows, however, will save you a bundle on heating bills. They should be tightly sealed, which keeps cold air out. Plus, you can choose windows fitted with Low-E glass, which reflects heat waves back into your home rather than letting them escape through the glass. If you wait until spring to replace your windows, you’ll miss out on energy savings this winter.
New Windows Allow You to Enjoy Winter Sunshine Safely
Many people don’t get enough sunshine in the winter. But spending more time in the sun can lead to a better mood, lower blood pressure, better sleep, and a healthier weight. New windows fitted with Low-E glass block most of the harmful UV rays in sunshine, so you can spend more time basking in the winter sun without worry. Sit in the window as you meditate or read a good book.
New Windows Look Great for the Holidays
With the winter holidays approaching, you’re probably planning a few family parties and festive gatherings. You’ll love showing off your new windows to your guests! Today’s windows come in a range of colors and styles, so you can choose windows that are compatible with your home’s decor – or change your decor to suit the new windows.
If you really want to surprise your guests, add a big bay or picture window to the living room. They’ll love the view of your wintery yard through the big window, and so will you.
New Windows Stay Quiet in a Storm
As old windows become loose in their frames, they tend to become noisy during storms. The window may rattle each time a breeze hits it. With winter storms around the corner, you don’t want all that banging and battering keeping you up at night. New windows will be much quieter, as they’ll be tight in their frames. New windows are also better insulators against sound, so the scraping of your neighbor’s snow shovel won’t be so pronounced.
If your windows are on their last leg, the best time to replace them is right now, before the winter weather hits with full force. With new windows, your winter will bring lower energy bills, protection against moisture, and an abundance of safe sunshine. Contact JFK Window & Door to learn more about our replacement windows or to schedule a free estimate.
A bright, airy kitchen is typically the goal when you embark on a remodel project. You’ll also look at utilitarian improvements, like increased work space. Ultimately, when the project is done, you want a kitchen that feels open and inviting while also offering some modern luxuries the space has been lacking. Below are some ideas to improve your kitchen when you remodel.
Increase Window Sizes
One of the best ways to create that airy atmosphere in your kitchen is by increasing the natural light that streams in. To that end, consider increasing the size of your windows, especially if you have an older home with small windows. If increasing their size isn’t feasible, look into windows with clear glass instead of glass divided by grilles. The unobstructed glass makes the window feel more open.
Add a Window
Another option is to increase the number of windows in your kitchen. Perhaps your kitchen’s architecture can even accommodate a wall of windows. Another common space for adding windows is above the transom of existing windows or doors. Transom windows come in a wide variety of shapes, including half round, circular, and rectangular. They can open or be stationary.
Look into Glass Doors
Many kitchens lead out to the patio. If this is the case in your house, the patio door is another space for adding glass. You can choose the classic sliding glass door, a single door with a large glass pane, or glass French doors. All three options help open up your kitchen space for that bright ambiance.
Depending on the architecture of your house, you can transform your kitchen into more of a transitional space with window walls or multiple glass doors. These installations widen the existing entrance between the indoors and the outdoors. Sliding glass doors or multiple glass doors provide that transition. This setup is appropriate if you have a large kitchen with a dining area.
Add Accent Lighting
Natural light won’t be enough to brighten the space during your kitchen remodel. You’ll need artificial illumination as well. You’ll naturally have an overhead fixture and likely task lighting already; however, consider adding accent lighting too.
You have different options for accent lighting in the kitchen. The main goal is to accent what you want to see. So, you may choose to highlight interesting architecture, such as vaulted ceilings or recessed shelving. You could also have a system of track lighting installed to train the illumination onto different areas of your cabinetry or island for visual appeal.
Open up the Cabinetry
Kitchen cabinets are the largest installation in your room, so you may feel that they dominate the space. One way to soften the cabinets’ presence is by opening them up. You can do this by having some of the doors removed or replacing them with glass-paned doors. As a bonus, glass-paned doors reflect light back into the kitchen, promoting that bright atmosphere.
Replace Your Countertops
The other big feature in your kitchen is your countertops. You have numerous options for the countertop material, including natural stone, concrete, tile, and laminate. You’ll make that decision based largely on utility and budget. However, even within each of those categories you’ll have choices about colors. Consider lighter colors over dark ones.
For example, some homeowners want countertops that make a statement. Instead of traditional granite, you could opt for limestone, which is naturally paler. Limestone does require more upkeep, but the overall effect is chic and unexpected. Plus, the light color helps promote the airy feel of your kitchen.
Book in Advance
Most importantly, take a look at the timeline you’d like to see your project follow and adjust your plan based on what is reasonable. Most projects that involve multiple upgrades and renovations need a lead time of 6–8 weeks. Schedule a design consult to see which parts of your dream kitchen can be accomplished before the new year. Then schedule any remaining renovations for the next year.
Design an open kitchen that feels bright and open. Consult with JFK Window & Door for design plans that can work within your house’s architecture.
Bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms: these are all rooms where a lot of moisture tends to accumulate. If you want to keep these rooms dry, the ability to open the windows and let in some fresh air is paramount. But some window styles are better-suited to moist rooms than others.
Here are three styles of windows that provide the airflow you need in a bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, or other moist space.
1. Casement Windows
Casement windows are mounted on hinges, sort of like a door. They crank open to one side. When casement windows are closed, they are incredibly airtight and energy-efficient, but once you open them, you get plenty of airflow into the home, thanks to the huge window opening.
This is especially true if the window is placed so that the prevailing winds bump up against the open window pane and are directed into the home.
Because casement windows funnel cross-breezes into a room, they’re a good choice for rooms that need periodic drying out. The movement of air directly through the room helps moisture evaporate even faster than it would in still air. Casement windows can be made quite large, and just one or two can provide ample ventilation for a kitchen or laundry room.
Casement windows may not be the best window style for a bathroom, however. They open wide enough for a child to fit through, so you would not want to leave a young child unattended in a bathroom with an open casement window.
2. Awning Windows
Awning windows are typically small. The windows opens like an awning, tilting open on hinges along the top. As with casement windows, there is a big, wide window opening that allows for plenty of airflow. The moist air can flow out, and the dryer outdoor air can flow in.
You can place awning windows high up on a bathroom wall to provide ventilation without sacrificing privacy. They’re typically too small and too high for children to fall through, so they’re a very smart choice for kids’ bathrooms or for moist basement playrooms where your kids spend time unsupervised.
Awning windows also work well above kitchen counters. If your kitchen gets moist due to a lack of ventilation, your contractor should be able to squeeze a few small awning windows in – even if you are short on space – helping you get rid of steam and humidity.
3. Double-Hung Windows
Double-hung windows slide up or down to open. They don’t have as a wide an opening as casement or awning windows, but they are still a good choice for ventilating moist rooms. You can open the window from the top, allowing you to ventilate the room without worry of a pet escaping.
If you primarily have moisture problems in the summer, double-hung windows are a very smart choice because they’re compatible with window air conditioning units. Place a window air conditioner in the bottom portion of the window, and it will extract moisture from your air as it cools.
Even if you have central air, you may need the dehumidifying and cooling boost from a window unit in the kitchen or laundry room.
Double-hung windows also have a classic look. They’re a good choice if you want the ability to dry out a room, but you don’t want to sacrifice your home’s traditional style. Casement windows are often considered less-stylish by comparison.
All three of the window styles above are great fits for moist rooms. Make sure you also pay attention to the material from which the window is made, however. Steer clear of wood windows, since they tend to develop rot in moist areas. Vinyl and composite windows are much smarter choices for the kitchen, bath, and laundry room. Contact JFK Window & Door to learn more about your options.
As the name suggests, half round windows are comprised of half-circular glass and framing material. Half round windows come in many different styles and can complement existing windows or stand alone. Circle top windows can add curves to your home for a classical vibe, or the geometry of the windows can create a modern feel.
Find out some attractive ways to incorporate this style of window into your remodel or new-build below.
Half-Round Transom Windows
Though they can stand alone, half round windows typically aren’t your main windows. In fact, they’re commonly used as transom windows, located above the transom of a door or window.
One of the most common places for a transom half-circle is above a casement or double hung window. The transom window can be joined to the top of the rectangle to give the illusion of a single arched window. Conversely, you can place the transom window higher up so it floats above the rectangular window.
Transom windows can also be placed above a window bank. You could have a half-circle installed that’s the same width as a single window within the bank. Most people using this approach center the circle top over the center window in the bank. However, a larger window spanning the entire bank creates more balance.
Another common way to utilize the half round transom is above a door, especially the front entryway. The half-circle draws the eye up. Usually these semi-circles are located just above the door, but they’re sometimes higher up if you have vaulted ceilings. Typically, the width of these transoms spans the width of the door and any sidelights.
Standalone Feature Windows
While it’s less common to find half-circles standing alone, it is possible. Usually, this installation is some version of the soaring transom — located so high up the vaulted wall that they’re basically standing alone. You can also use semi-circles as clearstory windows — windows located well above the sightline let in more light.
A creative method for adding a standalone, semi-circular window is as an eyebrow to your roof. This style of window gets its name from how it’s installed in the roof. The contractors essentially cut into your roof to insert the window, then build the roof organically over the arch. The effect is of a sleepy eye with an eyebrow.
Your choices don’t end with the placement of the circle top window. You also have to choose the details and style. One of the most popular styles is the fanlight. As its name suggests, a fanlight looks like a fan. The effect is created with grilles, which are the thin strips on the surface of the glass. The classic style is the sunburst. However, you can find different styles as well including Colonial, Renaissance and even custom styles.
Fanlights date back to the 18th-century. Between their history and their styling, fanlights tend to convey an historic appearance. They’re commonly used above entryway doors.
Stained Glass Semi-Circular Windows
A close cousin of the fanlight is the stained glass half-circle. These windows can start out as fanlights but take ornamentation to the next level. They can also omit the fan and simply exist as a semi-circular piece of artwork.
Your imagination is the limit for a stained glass window. Some designs are classic and complement traditional placement well. Other images are more contemporary and could fit in a traditional or transitional home. You can also find highly modern stained glass half-circles.
Clear Glass Windows
Speaking of modern styles, is a window made of an unobstructed piece of glass, without any grilles or breaks. These windows can feature textured privacy glass, but they’re often left smooth and clear. Because of the clean lines and minimalist nature, such windows appear very modern. If your house is on the contemporary side, consider this style of semi-circular window.
Add arches to your architecture by incorporating semi-circular windows into your design. Contact JFK Window & Door to help you with all your window needs,
When you think of windows, you probably imagine rectangular windows. After all, this shape is very common. However, that’s part of what makes square windows a good design element. Square windows — or squares in windows — can add an element of the unexpected. If you’re remodeling your home or planning a new home, consider incorporating window squares.
1. Modern Asymmetrical Placement
Clean, geometric lines are a characteristic of modern-style homes. However, you rarely see symmetrical placement. That asymmetry is part of what promotes the modern ideal. If you want your house to have a modern appeal, consider integrating square windows offset from the others.
Another hallmark of modern style is the copious use of glass. You may see square and rectangular windows stacking on top of or next to each other. Even if you don’t want to go that far in your modern style, you can create that effect in one wall or one corner of your house.
2. Multiple Lites
On the opposite end of the spectrum, you can promote a more traditional appeal with your windows. Manufacturers have fabricated windows with multiple lites of glass since the 17th century. Back then, the grilles, which created the framework necessary to hold weight, were utilitarian. These days, the multiple square look is often decorative.
You can find multi-lite glass in both window and door styles. The window itself can be square or rectangular. However, the grilles create their own squares. These squares speak to the historical tradition of window making, even if most people don’t know the history, so such installations are ideal if you want a classical appeal.
3. Stained Glass Windows
Stained glass windows are another method for promoting a traditional aesthetic. Historically, manor-style houses and churches only used stained glass windows. That said, manufacturers have started to create stained glass windows with clean-lined geometry and an obvious nod to the abstract, which gives such windows a modern appeal.
Either way, you commonly see stained glass windows in square windows. Manufacturers often incorporate even more squares into the stain design. You can replace any window with stained glass. However, you often see them in entryways — including in the door itself — in bathrooms, and in kitchens.
4. Glass Blocks
Glass blocks are one of those trends that go in and out of style. These literal building blocks are glass. Their frames are square, which gives anything they’re constructed out of a characteristic ice cube look. You can replace the glass in any window hole with glass blocks, which adds textural interest to the area.
The use of glass blocks for windows is common for bathrooms and basements. Homeowners like them for bathrooms because they can range from semi-opaque to opaque, which affords you privacy. People like them for basements because they’re very sturdy and hard to break, which makes them secure.
5. Window Row
Yet another method for repeating squares with your windows is to devise an actual row of windows. This configuration is ideal if you have a long wall. Square windows work well because their repetition takes up horizontal space without eating up all your vertical space. That way, you still have room for furniture lower down.
You often see square windows as clerestory windows, which are windows located above eye level to let in fresh air and light. These clearstory windows can be one lite, which looks modern, or multi-lite, which looks traditional. You can use a row of square windows above the transoms of doors and other windows as well. Such windows can be fixed or operable.
Have a little fun with geometry, and incorporate more squares into your window design. If you’re planning a remodel project or new build, consult with JFK Window & Door Co. for help.