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Maximize the Natural Light in Your Home

January 17, 2017No comments

Adding more, larger windows continues to be a popular craze in residential interior design. The majority of homeowners want to see more and more natural light enter their homes. It’s a trend dating back to times of castles and pioneer log cabins. The reasons behind it are pretty straight-forward.

White Cabinets with Legs in a Modern Minimalist Kitchen

This kitchen makes the most of its many windows by complimenting them with white shaker cabinets and simple decor.

Simple Benefits

Without having to spend more money on electricity, windows are a fairly economical way to simply be able to see inside your home! Moreover, humans generally prefer natural light to artificial, be that fire or any type of light bulb. Natural light wakes you up in the morning, and regulates circadian rhythms keeping you alert during the day. Natural light improves the way objects look, adding to the vibrancy of colors and making textures pop. Some say that it even makes food even taste better. For instance, the popularity of “al fresco” dining, restaurant patios, and why everyone always asks to be seated by the window!

kitchen of Seattle houseboat has cherry Shaker cabinets, a large center island and wall of floor to ceiling windows looking out on the Hood Canal

Cherry cabinets frame this Seattle home’s view of Hood Canal and the Olympic mountains.

We’ve seen larger and larger windows show up as design features in southern states and warmer climates for many years. Without having to flight cold temperatures, it was a simple matter for manufacturers to create expansive sheets of glass and not worry about insulation. Of course, it was only a matter of time before us northerners went on vacation down south and wanted it for ourselves!

Windows for Every Home

Fortunately, technological innovation has come to the rescue. Homeowners have more options than ever to bring natural light inside! Large windows and sliding glass doors are now available for homes in just about any climate. Manufacturers do this with improved production techniques, new types of insulation, glass coatings, and refinement of the glass making process itself. Minnesota’s own Marvin Windows and Doors just released a casement window that’s available up to a size of 4 by 8 feet. That’s the size of a sheet of plywood.  Wow!

Upgrading or enlarging kitchen windows as part of a remodel is an unparalleled way to achieve a breathtaking kitchen transformation. This was certainly true for the kitchen of CliqStudios’ customer Phil in Seattle. Phil installed floor-to-ceiling windows to properly show off his waterfront view!   Check out Phil’s before-and-after photo here.

Planning Your Remodel

Dramatically altering your kitchen often requires an extensive renovation project. Furthermore, homeowners must be aware of their remodeling timeline. It’s crucial to allow enough time for any unexpected delays in your remodel. For instance, pulling permits, demolition, window installation, inspector visit(s), and unexpected improvements or repairs that come about.

One place to start thinking about how long your project will take is to check out our typical kitchen remodeling timeline. Every kitchen and remodeling project is unique, and the timeline that we’ve developed is to be used only as a guide when creating your own.  If, however, your project does include upgrading windows, moving or removing walls, or anything else beyond simply replacing your existing cabinets, we strongly urge you to consult with a professional contractor to protect yourself and your home.

Further reading:

http://www.marvin.com/marvin/windows/casement

 

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