Double-hung units may be America’s windows, but casements and bays are perhaps the most functional in the practical sense. When used and designed with serious thought, they can elevate your home’s curb appeal too.
In today’s post, Renewal by Andersen® of Seattle shares clever tips for using casement and bay windows to best effect:
Face Bay to the Right Direction
The family room is a common place to install the bay because of its panoramic glass area. However, its ability to capture stunning landscapes would go to waste if you orient it to uninteresting views. Instead of framing vehicles and passersby, choose the most scenic, natural landscapes.
For maximum daylighting, place the bay in the south. This direction generally provides an abundance of ambient light, brightening up your living room.
Make Casement Architecturally Accurate
In window replacement, casements are usually used in rooms where egress and ventilation are necessary. Of all movable units, they’re the favorite because they provide the most operable area. The challenge is how to use them when the architecture historically accepts double-hung windows.
If you live in a Georgian, Federal, Cape Cod, or American Farmhouse home, a brilliant trick is to dress your casement units as double-hung. We can normally pull this off by using grilles thoughtfully. When executed properly, your façade would look historically accurate while complying with building codes.
Combine the Two in the Kitchen
For the bay’s flanker units, the usual dilemma is choosing between double-hung and casement windows. However, the right decision is a no-brainer when installing the bay above the sink. Considering the awkward angle, it might be hard for all members of the family to operate the double-hung’s both sashes.
On the other hand, the casement is more inconvenient when opening requires a reach. With a lever located at the windowsill, anyone could easily crank it out to let in fresh breezes and expel stale indoor air.
When designing your bay and casement units, or any of your replacement windows for that matter, turn to Renewal by Andersen of Seattle. We employ a start-to-finish process, assisting you every step of the way. From beginning to end, our goal is to deliver a stress-free home improvement experience.
We provide top quality windows in Seattle. Call us today at (206) 777-0954 to schedule your FREE, in-home consultation with our skilled design specialist at your convenience.