One of the features I always notice in houses and buildings are the windows. As silly as it sounds, I have always felt that as eyes are the windows to the soul, windows tell us about the soul of a house.
Windows can completely change the way a building reads – style, material, colour, and quality. Sometimes while I am out walking the dog I like to look at houses and think about what I would do as a designer to improve the look of their fronts – and 99% of the time it involves either changing the windows or bringing the rest of the house in line with the windows.
One of my projects right now is a full scale redesign and renovation on a house that is the ugly duckling on the street. Sadly, the previous owners replaced the leaded glass windows with plain, inexpensive vinyl ones. While the house is a brick house built in 1911 it currently lacks any true style. As we are creating a much more clean lined, modern home – this has had us really thinking in regards to window style. Due to the lack of any real architectural features on the home, we can really go in any direction. We are at the point that the windows will need to be ordered this week and so after considering and drafting more than a few options we have a winner!
The front of the house will be a very clean and simple take off of a classic window design in the late 1800’s early 1900’s. This will give a nod to the period homes on the rest of the street while giving a more modern sensibility on the inside. They will be manufactured by a company who makes European style tilt turn vinyl windows here in Toronto with German hardware. The company is called Euro Vinyl Windows and Doors Inc and I was thrilled to stumble upon them.
The back of the house will have full size windows and doors (8 feet!) to let in as much light as possible. I can’t wait to see them once they are installed! As I mentioned earlier – windows really do make a huge difference in the look and feel of a house – both on the inside and the outside. The windows will really help transform this ugly duckling into a swan.
When the window complements the style of the house the effect is seamless - it feels like it is just meant to be. This is certainly true for the interior as much as the exterior. Do you ever notice windows?