Finding the perfect window for your luxury home renovations
Cabinets, back splashes, and countertops may get all of the glory when it comes to remodeling or planning a kitchen for a new construction home. However, with the kitchen being the heart of most homes, we believe that lighting – especially natural daylight for energy efficiency – is just as important. If you’re planning a kitchen renovation, or designing a kitchen for a custom home don’t forget about the windows. Here are some of our favorite window choices for kitchens:
Double-hung windows are the most common style of window you will find in a home. They are versatile and look great in every room, there are many options available, you can choose from many different manufacturers, and they tend to fall on the lower end of the price bracket. Easy to clean, often with tilt-in options, these windows keep your luxury home project or luxury home renovations always looking their best. Both the top and bottom half of the window slide up and down, and many tilt in for easy cleaning which contributes to their popularity.
Bay windows add a lot of charm to a home, and also open up the wall they are installed in to let in a lot of natural light without many breaks. They are a fairly common window, and can be used in most rooms of the house. The best places to install bay windows in custom kitchen are in a breakfast nook, adding a window seat to add additional seating at the table.
Casement windows are a wonderful option for the cook who has a view. These windows crank completely open to allow unobstructed air and light flow. They also work great for windows in higher locations like those found in kitchens because the crank makes them easy to open, and they allow great ventilation making them doubly great for kitchens.
Garden windows are another popular option for over the sink windows in kitchens. Their greenhouse-like design offers a perfect spot for growing popular kitchen plants like herbs and aloe, and pairing common household plants and beautiful glassware creates a nice vignette and can add a little privacy while allowing natural light in. Look for low-e windows to prevent the heat gain that can be problematic with these types of windows.
Skylights make for another great option for kitchens because they offer great overhead light at no cost, can be positioned directly over an island workspace flanked with Energy STAR lighting for the evening hours, and you can even chose a model with ventilation to help air out a steamy kitchen and boost the efficiency of your HVAC system.
Horizontal sliding windows
Horizontal sliding windows are great for a custom kitchen because they slide open on one side for ventilation, and they are easier to open than double-hung windows. The cost and ease of cleaning are comparable to the popular double hung windows, making them a popular choice for windows in elevated positions.
Hibbs Homes is a St. Louis custom home builder that builds luxury homes in the St. Louis area, and also does luxury home renovations. Contact Hibbs Homes for more information on your home renovation project.