When it comes to windows, there's a lot more than simply the outward appearance. Although a particular window design might complement your home's overall design, you need to consider whether it will provide adequate ventilation or outdoor lighting to your interiors. Also, consider the aspect of privacy. The following is the perspective of a professional home builder in terms of what aspects to consider when looking for the ideal window styles for your new or existing home.
Perfect sense of balance between light and privacy
Windows do allow light inside a home; however, they can also allow your neighbours an unhindered sight of your abode's interior. For isolated neighbourhoods with an attractive view, large and unhindered windows are a stunning option. In crowded areas, nevertheless, it's rather difficult to achieve that outdoor connection while upholding a sense of privacy. To solve this problem, windows that feature transoms or single and double-hung panes are great options in terms of their ability to balance outdoor lighting and privacy. With both of these two window design options, you can install drapes over the lower section of the pane and leave the upper section open to satisfy your natural lighting needs.
Ventilation wherever needed
Another important aspect is ventilation. If you cannot leave without fresh air, you must take into account that not all window designs open, and amongst those that actually do, few have the capacity to ventilate your interior equally. For instance, awning windows are poor in terms of airflow inside the house as compared to single or double-hung panes given that the pane itself obstructs some of the cool air. In a bid to maximise airflow, home builders recommend you opt for casement windows. The fact that these windows unlock by swinging outwards to the side instead of sliding up or downwards, homeowners can unlock the entire window rather than simply the top or base sections separately.
Interior focal point/hub
Well-positioned windows have a more salient effect compared to any furniture piece or artwork. Indeed, they can act as the main point of attraction indoors. Home builders advise that you choose a landscape feature, perhaps a beautiful backyard with a stunning view, and then select a window design that outlines it flawlessly. Bay windows and picture windows are perfect examples of window options that let in a significant amount of light while affording a spectacular sight of the outdoors. Based on the planned landscaping around your home, a home builder will be able to advise you on what type of window will best showcase things both inside and out.
In a nutshell, the perfect windows for your new or existing home should balance each of the aspects above carefully.