Window design ideas and tips
Windows serve as the eyes and ears of your home. Technically, they provide an opening for
light, sound, and fresh air to be welcomed in your house. Not only do
they benefit the ventilation and natural lighting of your home, but
they serve as a great spot to enjoy the view of the outdoors and
bring relaxation to your soul. A window wouldn’t be complete
without its perfect frames and crystal clear glass. Thus, it is
imperative to have the ideal set of windows for your home.
Selecting the right
windows for your home can be overwhelming given all the styles,
materials, and features that are available to choose from. In
addition, since this project is a major investment and new windows
are expected to last up to 20 years, doing some homework before you
make a decision can save on headaches later on. Here at Homify, we
bring to you a quick guide on finding the best
windows for your home.
1. Notes to ponder
When it's time to replace
worn out windows or you just want a new look for your home, it's time
to go shopping for windows. There are countless options for new
windows from inexpensive off-the-shelf models to custom versions.
The key is to match the
style of your new windows to the style of your home. You will also
want windows that are energy efficient, easy to operate and
low-maintenance meaning they are easy to clean, paint and repair.
Start by taking a good
look at your home. Walk out to the street and look back at your
house. Determine the style and take notes or snap a picture with your
camera. Walk around the neighborhood and look at the other houses.
Chances are you'll find a style you like that matches or compliments
2. New or replacement
One of the first decisions
a homeowner must make is between “new” and “replacement”
windows. Here is the difference:
New windows are usually
installed when the homeowner wants to change the size or shape of the
current window opening and put a completely new window in its place.
This generally requires the work of a contractor to complete the installation and surrounding carpentry.
While new windows
generally do not cost more than replacement, the additional labor
adds to the overall price. A big advantage of new windows is that you
have the option to completely change the appearance and feel of your
home both inside and out.
On the other hand,
installing replacement windows involves removing the old windows
without disturbing the surrounding trim or frame, and replacing them
with new windows or sash that are designed to fit right into the
existing opening. Replacement windows cost around the same as new
windows, but there is less labor involved in the installation, so the
overall cost is less.
Replacement windows are a
great option when the existing frame is still in good condition or
when the trim is attractive and fits the décor of the home.
Obviously the savings on labor costs are helpful when budget is a
consideration. Depending on the manufacturer, replacement windows can
be a stock size or they can easily be custom ordered to fit any
3. The right style for
Once you have decided
between new and replacement windows the next decision is the style or
type of window you would like. Listed below are five most basic and
popular types in any Filipino home.
Single hung windows are
among the most common windows and are found in most homes. They
consist of two separate sash, which open or close by sliding up or
down. A single hung window opens from the bottom only by sliding up,
while a double hung window can be opened from either the top or the
Double hung windows are
ideal for creating air flow through the home when you lower the top
sash. They are especially suited to homes where there are small
children as they prevent the danger of a child climbing out the
Casement windows usually
consist of one large sash that’s hinged vertically and opens by
swinging out. Usually a lever or other mechanism is used to open this
style of window.
Awning Windows are hinged
at the top and opened by tilting the window out from the bottom. As
their name suggests, awning windows create the appearance of an
awning when open. These windows are most popular in coastal areas in
the Philippines and in home bathrooms.
Slider windows slide open
from side to side and are an excellent choice when there is limited
space outside to swing the window open.
4. Choosing the right
Each component of a window
--- from the insulated glass to the hardware --- is encapsulated
within the frame. A well-crafted frame begins with high grade raw
materials that are transformed to windows and patio doors through a
strict quality-control process to provide long-lasting performance.
Here are some top choices of materials for your window frames.
Wood is prized for its
natural beauty and warmth. Though a delicate wooden frame is vulnerable to sun and
rain, wood is nevertheless desired for its authenticity. Wood-grain
texture and intricate details are only provided by solid wood and
cannot be truly replicated with wood veneer. Sanding and painting is
part of routine maintenance.
Fiberglass has steadily
grown in popularity over the years as a low-maintenance alternative
to traditional wood frames. Well-designed fiberglass windows and
doors enhance curb appeal through its aesthetic flexibility to match
the house’s architectural style.
Vinyl frames are
especially energy efficient due to its ability to trap air. In
addition to their insulating properties, vinyl frames are UV
resistant, require little maintenance and are generally more
affordable compared to its wood and fiberglass counterparts.
There is nothing quite
like aluminum --- a recognized and established frame material that
architects and builders have specified for years. The strength and
distinct feel of aluminum has made it timeless. Aluminum frames are
easy to maintain and are sometimes less expensive than other frame
Fibrex is a cutting edge
material that tries to combine the best of all these options. It is a
composite made from wood fibers and epoxy resin. The material is made
to resemble wood, but it contains no material that will ever rot or
deteriorate, making it a good choice for people who like the look of
wood but also want durability. Furthermore, you can paint over it,
giving you the ability to choose whatever color you like.
5. Accessorize your
Your home reflects your
style, so should your windows. Add beauty and distinction to your
home with the wide selection of interior and exterior accessories and
options. You can make a bold statement with curtains, panels, or blinds to your windows.
The options are endless! Here’s some tips on hanging curtains to
Hang rods as high as
possible. This elongates the room and makes the ceilings appear
taller. You may want to consider sheer curtains. If you have a view
that’s not necessarily bad, but perhaps interferes with your
privacy but you still want light to come in, consider sheers.
Use double rods. If you
have space where you’d like to hang both sheers and solid panels,
you can purchase double rods. They come with brackets that hold both
rods on the same bracket. They are simple to hang and very efficient
and versatile. They give you three options: both sets open, sheers
closed but curtains open, or both sheers and curtains closed.
Consider corner curtain
rods. If you have a corner that has a window on each wall, they do
make corner rods so you are able to hang curtains. A regular rod
would not fit between the window and wall.