Everything You Need to Know About Window Design and Renovation
Sure, they’ll fill a room with mood-boosting
sunshine and save you some 30 percent on your heating and cooling bills.
But can we talk about how installing new windows packs such an architectural punch
that you’ll feel like you just walked into a whole new room? Architect Jeffrey Dungan,
known for building homes around inspiring vistas, puts it this way: “Windows are the eyes to the soul of a house.”
Keep reading to learn all about what goes into window design and renovation
ahead and discover what you need to know before embarking on your own project.
Find the Right Style
First and foremost, let’s break down the most common styles of
home and what types of windows are associated with each.
If you’re replacing windows or starting from the ground up on,
you’ll want to choose windows that harmonize with the interior and exterior architecture of your home.
Know When to Replace
Take this quick test.
1. Count the panes.
Are there multiple layers of glass or just a single one? If it’s the latter, you might want to upgrade.
“Double- and triple-paned glass will reduce energy consumption and cost,” says architect R D Gentzler.
2. Feel for a breeze.
A drafty room means you’re spending more on heating and cooling, says Gentzler.
One telltale sign is if your curtains move even when a window is closed (you can let your resident ghost off the hook for this one).
3. Check for rot.
Bubbled, peeling paint and swollen wood that’s not flush with the wall point to signs of rot.
If you’re not sure, a basic home inspection will clear things up.
4. Open it up.
An obvious—but often overlooked—test: Simply see if the window is operable.
If it’s difficult to open or completely sealed shut, it could be indicative of other issues. ออกแบบบ้าน