Replacing strategically selected windows during your remodel can significantly enhance your entire project. Have you ever been invited to see your neighbor’s or a friend’s newly remodeled kitchen and what you see are updated appliances, cabinets, countertops, floors and freshly painted walls? What you’re seeing is very typical and would be more accurately called a kitchen replacement, not a remodel. The same thing happens with window replacement. A home’s windows are old, inefficient, inoperable, or badly worn and the homeowner replaces them with a new replica of the old windows. Like the new kitchen, the new windows look and function better, but the space hasn’t improved. A better way to get the most out of replacing your windows is to focus on enhancing – improving the quality of your environment by intensifying and amplifying the effect of your windows.
If you’re remodeling, replacing windows can significantly enhance your overall project.
It’s likely that many of the windows in your home as they were originally installed are still functionally adequate for your lifestyle. However, it’s likely that there are rooms, which could be visibly enhanced with a different style window. Start by identifying areas of your home where you can add more natural light, which has the effect of making your living space feel more open and inviting. As we’ve said before,” When Replacing Windows Enhance Don’t Just Replace”, simple changes or adding additional windows and doors to your home can yield dramatic results.
Add Interior French Doors and Transoms
Consider replacing a few interior doors with French doors from Integrity by Marvin. Use your imagination and replace a passage door between the kitchen and the dining room with a frosted glass door or replace the paneled dining room or study doors with clear glass French doors. Transoms added over the French doors or other interior doors will add even more light.
Create an Entire Wall of Windows
Adding windows above eye level can give you more wall space, maintain privacy while providing diffused light to enter the room. Historically clerestory windows were used in the upper level of a Roman or Gothic church, today these windows can be added for daylight, ventilation and may ad passive solar heating when strategically placed. In kitchens you can place above cabinets or under cabinets as a backsplash. In bathrooms, clerestory windows provide additional space for showers, bathtubs or mirrors. Consider creating an entire wall of windows by stacking windows, maybe finishing the top with an arch or radius specialty shape from Andersen Windows collection.
Open a Wall with Patio Doors
Connecting interior to exterior spaces utilizing patio and French patio doors from Marvin, Andersen, Pella or other Woodland brand selections is a remodeling trend with many benefits that go beyond adding natural light into your home. You’ll also be creating a panoramic view, which naturally extends the open feeling of a room.
Remember don’t just replace – remodel with an eye toward enhancing your environment. Visit our showroom to see our complete selection on enhancing windows.