Use Windowcentrics to Make the Most of Your Windows

Use Windowcentrics to Make the Most of Your Windows
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    When it comes to your home remodeling project, it’s easy to get lost in the planning process.

    From moving walls to relocating mechanicals, a renovation is just as detail-intensive as a new construction project.

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By Jay Libby, Andersen Windows

Moreover, the design and placement of windows deserves as much if not more attention than the layout and size of doorways and closets.

Architects have long appreciated the benefits of well-placed windows in a renovation plan. Changing anything inside a house can have a direct effect on how a window plays up the best features of the space. Windowcentrics, a design philosophy that uses wall plans as well as floor plans, employs simple principles to maximize the benefits windows offer and makes a significant difference in how a home looks and feels.

The Windowcentrics principles are simple enough to apply to any style of home, but elegant in their execution:

1. Capture Light Throughout the Day.
When utilized correctly, the constantly changing light that flows through windows can transform an interior.  With well-thought-out window design, even the simplest shape can be made into an object of visual interest.

2. Channel Fresh Air From Room to Room. 
Proper ventilation refers to going beyond opening a window or two. Stacked ventilation, for example, utilizes roof windows in combination with wall windows, creating updrafts that funnel warm air outdoors and away from living areas. Interior window openings can help channel fresh air to a home’s more remote locations.

3. Control The View.
With the right positioning, spectacular scenery can become the focus of a room, even the focus of a home. A huge picture window or a perfectly aligned group of smaller windows can celebrate a home’s surroundings. The right positioning can focus on the best possible sightline. Even with less than a desirable view, windows high on a wall can breathe light and ventilation into any room.

4. Blur the Line Between Indoors and Out.
Walls of windows or patio doors can help connect the interior of a home with the immediate surroundings. A canopy of leaves can dissolve into the roof. A walk-out garden becomes a part of the home itself. 

5. Design with Shapes and Combinations.
Window combinations can vary to create just the right look, either through recurring patterns or isolated statements that bring a rhythm to a home and help us connect with the space around us.

6. Personalize the details.
Use windows and patio doors to complement your home’s architecture. Like a framed canvas, they can express your own artistic taste. Art glass panels can splash color inside, make a powerful statement, or provide privacy to a room. Grille patterns can enhance traditional character or add a contemporary flair. Latches and handles are finishing touches for beautiful window and door design.

7. Understand Architectural Styles
For homeowners, knowing which windows match a particular architectural style is key to achieving the look of their dreams.  To that end, this free site connects home styles and the proper windows based on architectural need: http://www.andersenwindows.com/home-styles/

A renovation is the perfect opportunity to use windows to the home’s maximum benefit. Windows communicate the look and feel of a home before you even cross the threshold, and help occupants feel connected to their surroundings when they are indoors. Using these Windocentrics principles helps simplify decision-making and encourages you to focus on a renovation that will give you the home of your dreams.

With more than 30 years of experience in product design and design research, Jay Libby is the Creative Services Manager at Andersen Windows.

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