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Whether you plan on building a new home, renovating an existing house or simply replacing some windows, you'll be confronted with a maze of window choices and options. From all the choices for location, size, type, style, function, operation, material, finish, hardware and assembly, you could very well feel like you've...
Double-Hung Windows Offer Singular Traditional Style
The double-hung window is about as traditional a window as can be. It's no surprise that its style fits colonial and more traditional homes, as the double-hung window became the window of 18th-century America. The double-hung, or sash,...
Window Wizardry: 7 Clever Approaches to Privacy
Creating privacy while letting in light and views can be an issue for many suburban homes. We often see frosted windows or deliberate screens as the only method of dealing with the issue. Luckily, we now have design alternatives that not only offer...
How to Install Energy-Efficient Windows
Whether it’s buying a hybrid car or unplugging appliances when they aren’t in use, these days everyone seems to be looking for ways to reduce energy costs along with their carbon footprints. When it comes to your home, old, single-pane windows can...
Great Ways to Dress a Bay Window
Bay, box and bow windows are desirable, worthwhile and sought-after architectural elements. But once you own one, how are you going to dress it? That dilemma can quickly turn a point of pride into a source of frustration.
The Best Uses for a Bay Window
The bay window is a blessing and a curse. If you have one, you might not know what to do with it. If you don’t have one, you dream of all the things you could do with it. No matter which group you fall into, these ideas for either utilizing...
Update Your Windows for Good Looks, Efficiency and a Better View
The impact of windows on architecture can be underestimated. While their primary purpose is to provide natural light, ventilation and protection from the elements, they significantly contribute to the character of a house. Modern windows are designed...
Treatments for Large or Oddly Shaped Windows
Windows come in all shapes and sizes, yet the one thing they have in common is their purpose: controlling light and privacy. Depending on their orientation to the sun and public spaces, some need just an impression of cover, while others need more significant...
Upgrade Your Windows for Beauty, Comfort and Big Energy Savings
As long as your windows provide natural light and offer some semblance of a view, why give them a second thought, right? Wrong. For one, your windows directly contribute to the overall comfort inside your home. If the words “stuffy” or...
Say Ahoy to Porthole Style at Home
Sometimes standard rectangular mirrors or windows just don’t give your room the feel you were hoping for. In those cases round or oval porthole windows or mirrors might be just what you need. Here’s how to tap into their maritime charm without being...
Design Workshop: 10 Surprising Twists on Window Trim
Architects often think about projects in terms of systems. It’s one of our strategies for organizing the complexities of construction into a coherent whole. Each system has an order and interfaces with the other building components in a clear way. Windows...
How to Add a Window Seat
Window seats can add a great deal of charm to a room, creating a focal point while providing extra seating with a view. This is a good project for you if you have a room that already has a large window. As long as you keep your new bay within the width...
Design Workshop: Just a Sliver (of Window), Please
Without windows, our architecture would be lifeless, heavy and dark. We use window openings to control light, admit fresh air and connect our interiors to the outside world. Because they control these key components of our built environment, windows are...
An Indoor-Outdoor Serving Bar Opens the Possibilities
If you love outdoor entertaining (and who doesn’t when you have the space?), you know that having an easy transition from kitchen to patio or deck is ideal. But sometimes there just isn’t room to add an extra door or window — at least not without...
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