Finding the perfect window for each room can be difficult. Should you put in a big bay window, or something with a little more privacy? Will a casement window work better than a double hung – or should the window even open at all?
When looking at the type of windows you need, it’s important to consider the type of room they’re going in. A big bay window may be perfect for a living room, but not so great for a bathroom. Of course, that’s a pretty obvious example, but what about the no-so-obvious examples?
Here are some things to consider when picking out what type of window will work in the various rooms in your home.
Room Size and Window Size Matters
The first thing you’ll want to consider is the size of window for the room you’re trying to fit it in. It’s rare that a window can be too big for a room (glass wall systems are beautiful!), but they can be too small. If you’ve got a 400 square foot wall, and one average size double hung window, it will definitely look out of place.
So why not go for the largest window possible all the time? Usually it comes down to structural and financial decisions. Anything is possible, but the larger the window, the more the window will cost, and the more the structural support will cost. Although a simple window will be fine with a a few pieces of lumber for a header, a larger span may require engineered wood or a metal beam.
You’ll also want to consider the amount of light you’ll need for the room. We’ve already covered that fact that some building codes require a certain amount of natural light, and that will determine the size of the window you’ll need.
The Building Code
Speaking of building code, the type of window you put in will depend on other requirements, like whether the window needs to be an egress window. This is a requirement in bedrooms most of the time. You may want to have a large window to capture the view from your master suite, but you’ll also need an egress window somewhere in the room.
Don’t Break Up The View
The next thing you’ll want to consider is the view you’ll be opening up. If you have a great vista, mountain range, or lake view in front of your home, the last thing you want to do is break up that great view with the window framing of dividing your windows.
Yes, it will be cheaper to put in three or four double hung windows than one large bay window, but you’ll be sacrificing that gorgeous view by putting the window frames directly between you and the view. A large single window will often give you a better experience and is often worth the cost once you factor in the value a great view will add to your home.
Is The Window Within Reach?
Lastly, we’ve debated the differences between casement and double hung windows, and one of the main things to consider is access to the window. Whether or not a window will open (and if it does open, how will it open) will largely depend on your ability to access the window.
For example, a large window above your main entry door will rarely open, just do to the distance from the floor. A window behind a sink may be casement style so that it’s easier to crank open. And a bedroom window that’s easy to get to will likely be a double hung.
If you’re not sure what kind of window you need for the type of room you have, our showroom has all kinds of options for you to consider. Drop in and have a look!