Don’t You Love Window Shopping?

When it comes to a renovated home – the truth be told – It’s all in the details!  One of the most important details that dominate the interior and exterior of a home remodel is selecting the perfect windows.  They define the architectural style on the exterior and provide character and beauty to the interior while keeping you connected to the outdoors. Whether you’re replacing every window in your existing home or window shopping for your new addition, there are a vast array of types and sizes to suit your needs. So while you’re planning your home renovation or addition make sure you do your research to learn which types and style works with your home’s architecture. Here are just a few window styles and types: 1.  Fixed Windows. These windows are non operational and are typically used for accent windows where light and views are maximized. 2.  Double Hung Windows. This is the most classic and popular window style and is perfect for a traditional or period home.  It consists of two sashes that move up and down.  The bottom sash slides up, and an upper sash slides down – yet only half of the window can be open at one time. 3.  Casement Windows. Another conventional window, casements are side mounted and hinged vertically to swing inward or more often outward. They are operated with a rotating crank and provide great ventilation. These windows can be customized for a more contemporary look while providing maximum view and ventilation. 4.  Awning Windows. This window style is similar to the casements.  The difference is they are top-hinged and tilt open at the bottom and provide partial ventilation. 5.  Slider Windows.  The sliders are set into top and bottom tracks and slide over one another like a sliding door. Only one half of the window may be opened at a time. This window is very cost effective, doesn’t encroach on an on to any deck or patio and fits in well with many home styles. 6.  Bay/Bow Windows. These are three sided windows that project out from the exterior wall on an angle, and typically utilize casement or double hung window styles.  On the exterior they fit in well with traditional and Victorian architecture – and instantly add character and charm to the interior. 7.  Picture Window. This window style is very common in ranch-style homes.  Typically a large center fixed window is flanked by two operational windows on each side – using either casements or double hung styles. 8.  Garden Windows. These are wonderful to use in the kitchens or master baths, as they instantly add light and architectural interest to your space.  They’re very similar to a bay window but are typically set at right angles and filter great natural light into the space. 9.  Clerestory Windows. These windows are very common in Craftsman style homes.  They consist of a series of narrow windows along the top of a wall, which are often elevated above an adjoining roofline. 10. Skylights. These are usually fixed windows framed into the roof providing added daylight into your space. I love to incorporate them into master baths and kitchens where they provide much more natural light and create an added sense of volume as well. I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “How to Avoid the 15 Most Common Decorating Mistakes” Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2010 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc