3. What is the window situation? What was so challenging about my previous home was the lack of windows. The room shown here is dark, but the beautiful windows makes it feel like you're in a tree house rather than a cave. Friends of ours designed and built a beautiful, light-filled home. In working out the floor plan, they chose to place their bathrooms and mudroom in the center of the house and therefore without windows, a choice they regret.The window situation goes both ways. Other friends have a home on a hill. A bank of windows in their living room showcases the glorious view to the east and floods the room with morning light. It was all I could do to keep from throwing myself on the (sunny!) floor, in a fit of wonder and envy. For my friend it was a pain — her blinded toddlers bumped into each other while they played. She bought an enormous and costly shade soon after they moved in. If a home has an abundance of windows, assess whether you will need to add window coverings to your budget. The cost for even the least expensive shades can be considerable.