Dwelling on Windows

“I discovered windows one afternoon, and after that, nothing was ever the same.”  Anne Spollen

Windows are a key feature in most homes–especially for the Pacific Northwest natives who peak through the window each morning to determine how waterproof their shoes ought to be that day!

At one point, windows were merely small holes in the wall through which to keep watch, shoot arrows, and let in light. Over time, human ingenuity tried to fill the drafty window voids with paper, thin slices of marble, or pieces of glass. Such materials—often paired with wood or iron frameworks—provided a modest amount of light and ventilation, but sacrificed on heat and security.

Today, however, architecture enjoys a veritable feast of window options that let in light, seal in heat, control sound, and offer security for any home design. For now, let’s revel in the beauty that large windows add to a home.

Light

Inviting natural light into your home with large windows comes with a host of benefits. During daylight hours, large windows lead to significant energy savings thanks to a decreased need for artificial lighting. What’s more, studies report that natural light increases productivity and helps regulate circadian rhythms in many people.

The one downside to welcoming natural light into your home: glare. Not to worry! Current window technology offers window solutions that help minimize glare so you can revel in the natural beauty around you!

Nature

Especially in a scenic region like the Pacific Northwest, windows enable homeowners to blur the lines between indoors and outdoors.

This Cedar Haven uses a wall of windows to bring the forest into the central living space.

Similarly, this contemporary home employs glass walls to welcome the waterfront into its neutral living room.

Design

Due to the influx of light and the absence of firm walls, large windows make a room appear larger than its square footage might indicate.

Large windows can also frame splendid sights outside your home, be it landscape or cityscape. A great architect will help you scout out your property’s best views and design your home with those sights in mind!

Functionality

Advancements in window technology ensure that while light shines into your home, heat or cool air doesn’t escape unnecessarily from it. In fact, well placed windows will increase your home’s energy efficiency by allowing the sun to gently warm your home in any season.

And on those perfectly temperate days, throwing open your windows allows fresh air to circulate through your house.

 

So, in the week leading up to Thanksgiving, let’s be grateful for the advancements that allow us to view the changing seasons from within the warmth of our homes.

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