A Guide to Custom Home Windows

Everyone loves a view, and for a view, you need a window. Windows come in a dizzying array of styles and materials, and are an extremely important part of decorative appeal and architectural engineering.

If you’re building a custom home, think beyond the view. What can your windows do for your home? Here we’ve outlined some key facts about windows.

Style

Windows often have a dramatic effect on the aesthetics of a space. As such, your first consideration will likely be style. Windows can be (very roughly) sorted into three style categories:

  • Primary: this is your view, the centerpiece of your living room or the opening onto a patio. Here a picture window (a single large pane of unopenable glass), a bay window (several large, interconnected frames) or a sliding window will fit the bill.
  • Secondary: these windows typically light and ventilate small spaces, or complement larger windows. For instance, a garden window (which protrudes from the side of a home) can brighten up a kitchen, and a classic double hung window (with two vertically sliding panes of glass) is reasonably sized and easy to open.
  • Accent: the effect of glass opens up numerous decorative possibilities. A transom window (many small panes arranged in a gridlike frame) can dress up a front door. Thick, translucent glass block windows can shed light on a dreary basement, or liven up a sunroom.

Ventilation

Some windows are meant to be opened, and that feature can have a major effect on a window’s use case. For instance, an openable bedroom window gives its occupants greater control over its temperature, sound, and overall atmosphere.

Likewise, a permanently closed window is easier to clean and maintain, and provides excellent weatherproofing. While the effect can be dramatic – especially on a larger unit – the lack of ventilation is problematic. Your picture window looks modern in the kitchen, but keeps the hot air in when cooking; likewise, a large window in the living room could be equally valuable as a patio door.

Efficiency

Energy-efficient windows are a pretty appealing proposition. They’re better for the environment, not terribly expensive, and can save you money on both monthly bills and taxes. Many energy efficient windows are made with a “low-e” coating that reflects heat, keeping summer temperatures outside and winter warmth inside. Your custom home builder should also arrange windows in such a way that minimizes the effects of the sun.

Are you looking to build a custom home in the Chapel Hill area? Bold Construction builds beautiful, energy efficient homes with views you can look forward to. Contact us today and let’s build the house of your dreams!