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Color Your Home's View With Stained Glass
Many years ago, I lived in a Craftsman-style home. The house was built in 1902 on a great street in Pasadena, California. I made several updates to the house, trying to preserve its integrity...
Architect's Toolbox: Partner a Window With Its View
What type of view do you have, and how do you want to capture this view to make it part of your home? Should the window help create a larger room or should it frame a view? Should the window be a simple punched opening in the wall, or should it take...
How to Replace Window Trim
Whether I'm flipping through a magazine or watching the latest home show on TV, I'm always drawn to a house's trim. I love how the use of different architectural trim elements can completely...
Charming Window Style Hinges on Hoppers
While researching awning windows for an upcoming project at our family lake home, I learned of the hopper window, a sibling of sorts to the awning. Hopper and...
10 Ideas for a Soothing Sunroom
No matter what the weather's like in your part of the country, seasonal rooms and sunrooms can be a welcome and flexible addition to your home's layout. Whether the sunshine is constant or only an occasional visitor, get inspired by one of these spaces...
Bahama Shutters Bring the Look of the Tropics Home
Summer is heating up, and with the hot sun comes a need for shade and ventilation. Installing tropical-inspired Bahama shutters is a great way to achieve a cool home in the summer months. Hung on the exterior of your home at the top of each window, Bahama...
19 Dream Window Views
Any real estate broker can tell you that the most sought-after feature of a home is a view. Gazing into the distance can provide us with a sense of calm and invigorate us, increasing our feeling of well-being. It's hard to imagine improving on beautiful...
How Small Windows Help Modern Homes Stand Out
Modern architecture may be known for large expanses of glass — a departure from traditional punched openings in walls — but small windows still remain in many modern buildings. In many cases small windows offer a challenge for architects, who are...
Renovation Detail: The Eyebrow Dormer
I collect celebrity fun facts, and one of my favorites is that Whoopi Goldberg doesn't have eyebrows. She goes from eye to hairline, with no brow in between. It doesn't hold Whoopi back at all, but eyebrows are important — they break up the forehead...
Boost Your Energy With Natural Light
Abundant natural light in a home not only saves electrical energy, but it gives you more personal energy too. In a normal building, lighting comprises 25 to 40 percent of your energy consumption (and energy bill), says an...
Renovation Detail: The Casement Window
Every night as I wash dishes at my kitchen sink I stare out the double-hung window, dreaming of the day that I will throw it into a Dumpster and replace it with a French casement window. Attached to their frame by side hinges, casement windows are installed...
Open Walls Widen Home Possibilities
My dream house has an open wall with a door made of glass. It opens to a deck and a pool and some sort of sunny, spectacular view, preferably with the Pacific Ocean in the background. But, truth be told, I'd settle for a garage door that opens...
Renovation Detail: The Awning Window
On a recent weekend at my family's lake home we had a marathon discussion about awning windows and their benefits (we're wild conversationalists, I know). Awning windows are a member of the casement family, but while standard casement windows are side...
Window Boxes Captivate on the Curb
Have you ever walked by a house that looked a little flat, a little bare? Something was missing, but you couldn't quite put your finger on it? Try imagining that house with one simple little addition — a window box. Picture...
Clerestory Windows Are Tops at Ushering in Light
My husband and I recently moved from an apartment that got no direct daylight to an apartment that has direct daylight for at least half the day, if not more. The difference is routine changing, if not life changing. Now I'm getting up with...
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