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Energy-Efficient Windows: Decipher the Ratings
If you can't save your historic windows, then it's time to find energy-efficient replacements. And selecting new windows involves industry knowledge....
Renovation Detail: The Transom Window
Nothing gussies up a doorway in quite the same fashion as a transom window. The transom window is attached to the horizontal crossbeam over a door, better known as the transom beam. Originally designed with hinges, the window acted as an elementary form...
Update Historic Windows for Charm and Efficiency
What's better? To replace historic windows with new, low-emissivity windows and save energy? Or to keep the windows with their historic character and not save as much energy? The debate rages between preservationists and designers-environmentalists,...
Renovation Detail: The Kitchen Sink Window
We purchased our home fully realizing our kitchen's shortcomings, but a standout feature no matter what our renovation decisions may be is the window above our kitchen sink. I often find myself washing dishes for longer than necessary, staring adoringly...
Corner Windows Bend Imagination
About one year ago I started contributing ideabooks for Houzz. My first one focused on corner windows, featuring some houses with corners that almost disappeared...
Architect's Toolbox: 3 Window Details That Wow
Although there are many styles and sizes of windows, my favorites have low sills, tall heads and deep reveals. Low sills (meaning the bottom of the window is closer to the floor line) create windows that tend to have the proportions of...
Sunrooms Shine in Different Ways
Does the moody winter weather have you dreaming about sunrooms? The sunroom (sunporch, solarium, conservatory) has as many functional purposes as it does styles. As we prepare for more daylight hours, let's take a look at a few sunrooms — it might just...
Contractor Tips: How to Choose and Install Windows
Windows are a major investment. They need to bring the outside in when you want, but also have to keep the elements at bay when you don't. The options for style, function and performance can be overwhelming. Below are five things to consider before you...
Inventive Design: L-Shaped Windows
For the most part, windows and doors are rectangular openings, either inserted into walls by themselves or as part of a larger system (e.g. a curtain wall) that are also rectangular. This shape is rooted in traditional architecture and construction, but...
Find Your Window Treatment Style
There isn't a secret kept by interior designers or other design professionals on how to best dress your windows. But I can't tell you the number of times I go into someone's home and one of their biggest complaints/issues is which window treatments would...
Give Me a Wall, a Roof, or a House of Glass
Sometime around one year ago, I sat down and typed one of my first articles for Houzz. It was the dead of winter and sky was washed in a palette of tired grays. The bleak atmosphere quickly became rather routine, and soon I began seeking the most sun...
A Window Above the Bathroom Sink: Feature or Flaw?
I think it's safe to say that most people love a window above the kitchen sink. But put that window above a bathroom sink, and I think most people would find that to be a flaw. A mirror right above the sink is pretty handy — you can see what...
Picture Windows, Chicago-Style
Some strong images have stuck with me from growing up in a 1950s ranch house in the suburbs of Chicago. One is the view of the trees, cars, and neighbors' houses afforded by the large picture window in our living room. The style — double-hung windows...
Beyond Windows: See How Drapery Can Enhance Your Bed
It’s no news that functionally speaking drapery is meant to filter outside light entering from the window. However, aesthetically speaking, their addition can do wonders for the design of the room as a whole. Take the bed for example: is the look of...
The High Life: Clerestory Windows
Clerestory windows (pronounced clear-story) are generally defined as windows above eye level. Historically, the word referred to the upper level of a church or cathedral, where they were mainstays of Romanesque and Gothic churches. Now, as in history,...
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