In our last blog post we shared some helpful design information we got in a recent Marvin Windows & Doors newsletter. Expert stylist Emily Henderson has got some great tips on choosing replacement windows, and we thought our readers here in the Twin Cities area might like getting some free help from a designer. Her first tip had to do with considering your physical environment, which is crucial to any type of exterior remodeling products you select, especially your windows. Today’s tips have to do with the style of your home as well as the natural light that comes in your home at various times of the day.
Considering Replacement Windows? Emily Henderson, Expert Stylist, says:
Keep your home’s style in mind: When you’re in the middle of a renovation, style paralysis can set in QUICK once you’re faced with 10,000 decisions. It’s very real and can feel like the human spirit can barely withstand such a process. But don’t feel intimidated. I know it can feel overwhelming but breaking it down will make everything feel more manageable. For example, start by just identifying your home’s architectural style and taking a bit of a deep dive on Pinterest or Google to see other houses in that same aesthetic. What kind of windows do they all seem to share? Gridded? Picture? Double hung? Bay? Also take note of the color of the window frame and what you’re drawn to/feels natural to the architecture.
In the master bathroom of my mountain house (which used to be a narrow, windowless room that we turned into the kids room—don’t worry, we added windows), there was a moment to add in a bay for the soaking tub my heart deeply desired. Being that the house is mid-century (built in the 1960s), we felt a grid-less bay of casement windows would best suit this newly added feature (I wanted an unobstructed view of the backyard but also the ability to open the windows if I needed to which is why casement windows are so great). Adding something with a 3×3 or 4×4 grid would have deceived the home’s style.
Consider how the light would move through your house during the day: Of course you can’t always help this, but if you’re a night owl or someone who struggles with sleep, putting a window in your bedroom on the eastern wall … not the best idea if you don’t want light blasting through at 6 a.m. (when you don’t want to wake up until 8). This is also a pretty big deal in a kid’s room. Unless you want your littles jumping out of bed right at sunrise, carefully consider that window placement.
The same goes for say, a dining room. The light can get pretty intense at 5 or 6 p.m. depending on the time of year for western-facing windows, and if that’s a time you sit down for dinner with your family, maybe don’t put a window where it might end up blinding you and your children.
As you can see, there are a number of factors that go into choosing the right replacement windows for your home, and you may want different windows in some rooms than you put in others. We just love that the suppliers we work with – like Marvin Windows & Doors – give us the resources to help our customers make choices they’ll be happy with.
Window Outfitters, Inc. is a Marvin Authorized Replacement Contractor for the Minneapolis area. We are proud to install their Integrity fiberglass replacement windows and patio doors.