11 Jan Choosing the perfect windows – Style
When you’re building your dream home, the amount of detail you need to take into consideration can be daunting and sometimes overwhelming. That’s why we’re here to help you every step of the way.
No matter what the detail, we have the experience and expertise to guide you through the pros and cons of each decision, so that you are able to make informed choices for your home. Our expert glaziers at Glassman Glazing are experts in everything glass and have successfully sourced and installed windows for hundreds of homes in London and the Home Counties.
So, let’s kick off with windows. There is a huge choice of window style, material, and glazing – this will really contribute to the aesthetic of your home. So, let’s look at some of the most commonly used styles of windows; and remember, if you would like to speak to us about building your dream home, give us a call on 01753 392 410 or email us.
Self-explanatory really, these windows are fixed, so they don’t open out or have any ventilation benefits. They do, however, let in the maximum amount of natural light into the room as they don’t need thick frames in which to house opening/locking mechanisms. There are hundreds of different designs and styles, including picture windows and gable glazing.
They are perfect for letting light into spaces which would otherwise be wasted and with such variety, you can really create some interesting designs. They’re also usually the cheapest style of window, owing to their simplicity.
Possibly the most commonly used style, casement windows are those which are attached to their frame by side hinges. In many contemporary houses, side hung and awning style windows work well and offer an uninterrupted view.
This style of window comes in a variety of casement types. Side hung are the most recognisable and have a side hinge, top hung/awning is a casement window with the hinge at the top. These are great for the ground floor, rear of house placement, and perfect for wet climates they can be open while raining.
Less common in the UK are bottom hung or “hopper” casement windows which are hinged at the bottom and are predominantly used in basements. There are also centre hinge or pivot windows which allow for a wider opening and require less swing clearance.
Sash windows are windows with one or two sections (sashes), split into panes which slide vertically (sometimes horizontally) behind each other. This style is still widely used in traditionally styled newly built homes. They tend not to be standard in size and so are often made bespoke for the property in question. If your sash windows are made from timber, they will need regular maintenance to ensure they perform properly.
Tilt and Turn Windows
Tilt and turn windows can either be opened to tilt inwards (usually from the top down) for ventilation or open from side hinges inwards. Tilt and turn windows look best on modern designs and are often used in hotels – complete with safety locks. These windows tend to be bespoke and can be expensive.
Bay windows protrude from the face of the building and create a recess within the room. Bay windows can form the design feature around which your property is built and often span across more than one storey – this is evident in many Edwardian and some Victorian homes in the UK. They are perfect for those who want to create a window seat in their room.
There are three different types of bay window, Canted means that the window is made up of a straight frontage with angled sides; Bow Bay windows are curved and Oriel Bay windows jut out from the front of the house and start above ground level.
Roof windows are a great way to let light into places that a conventional window cannot be installed.
Roof lanterns are features which are fitted into the roof and allow light into the space below. They tend to be fixed windows and are available in myriad design configurations and materials.
Rooflights are windows fitted into the roof. These are popular in loft conversions and other rooms which might have pitched ceilings, you can have rooflights which open manually or by remote control and can add a real modern feel to the room within.
Whatever the style or design of your home, there are windows to match. Stay tuned as we look in more detail at some of the glazing solutions on offer when you build your own home.
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