More windows used to mean higher energy costs, with each pane making your home a little less airtight. Today, new technology like Low-E coatings and better seals have made large window installations much more practical. So while a standard set of double hung windows is always an option, homeowners with more daring design instincts can use non-traditional window placements or configurations to their advantage.
Consider wall spaces that wouldn’t normally have windows. Imagine how much more light you could let in with a set of picture windows in the unused space above your kitchen cabinets or at the top of a staircase. Any room with high ceilings offers similar opportunities for custom shaped or accent windows.
There’s also the option of installing windows that cover an entire wall of your home. You can mix and match different window styles to create a one-of-a-kind look, or simply go with large windows with no grids and minimal hardware to maximize your view. It’s like wall art that changes with the seasons.
Similarly, bay windows can make any room feel bigger, and some types of windows can even be installed around corners to create a near-seamless view.
And, don’t think that you need to break the bank. Even replacing a single double hung window with a two-wide double hung can make a world of difference. There’s a window style that can transform any space in your home.
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