The Shape Of Things: New Windows, And The Dramatic Change They Can Make To Your Home's Exterior

Most people think of the impact that windows have on the interior of their home. After all, we spend far more time inside looking out through them. The character windows bring to each room will always be a main consideration, but they also can play a major role in creating dramatic changes when you remodel the exterior of your home.

Dormer Windows

You didn’t design it that way. The roof came with the house. There’s a lot of it, and the roof has a steep pitch. Sometimes you think that big roof is the only thing people notice when they drive by or visit.

Dormer windows can help. Use them to balance exterior elements by bringing attention away from the expanse of the roof.

You’re naturally going to see them at the top of your home, and that creates opportunities to bring more light to these areas. They’ll often be above the treetops. Dormer windows can also extend interior living space by creating seating areas, with a bonus of shelving or drawers for storage.

Entry Door Windows

Talk about making a good first impression. Your entry is the first thing visitors take in as they walk up to the door.

Consider framing your entry door with panels of grid windows. Their geometry can be selected to complement the shape of your door. While the glass brings in more natural light for your interior, it also has the effect of brightening up the exterior.

The psychology of transparency comes to play. The expanse of windows surrounding your entry communicate that your home is a friendly and open place.

If there’s a porch – our you plan to add one – sidelights can widen the effect of your front door and make it even more inviting. These tall, vertical windows also find symmetry with porch columns.

Anything But A Rectangle

The exterior of your home is already a collection of 90-degree angles. Even the sloped angles of your roof are going to meet to create square or rectangular eaves.

It’s easy to break up this right-angle monotony with unexpected window shapes. These non-window shaped windows give playful hints to the function of that part of a home’s interior. A circular window, for example, often says, “Hey, there’s a bathroom here.”

Nonstandard window shapes have an important design advantage that goes beyond adding exterior character. They don’t have to follow the lines of your home’s intrinsic designs. Use off-center placement of uniquely shaped custom windows to add outer beauty, but maintain interior privacy.

Talk to us about windows. They’re a relatively inexpensive way to completely change the outward appearance of your home. They can transform ordinary, predictable exteriors into architectural works of visual beauty.

Not Just For Cars Anymore: How Changing Lifestyles Are Transforming The Function And Style Of Home Garages

Maybe it’s not your imagination. That almost imperceptible sigh you hear from somewhere in your house just might be coming from…the garage.

If there’s one part of the house that feels more neglect than the rest, it’s often the garage. Is it a detached garage? Even worse: you may not think it’s even a part of your house at all.

Overlooked Upgrade Opportunities

The garage is the perfect place to start if you’ve been trying to figure out how to claim more living space in your home. If you’re like most of us, the garage has become nothing more than a convenient place to store things – and it’s pushed our vehicles out of their rightful space. The U.S Department of energy recently reported that over 25% of those with 2-car garages are unable to park even a single vehicle in them because the space is used instead for storage.

It’s time to reclaim that space, but it doesn’t mean you have to part with anything. All that’s necessary is an upgrade. This is especially easy to do if you have a detached garage. You’ll find that a reasonable investment allows you to expand your garage, adding customized storage – and it’s even possible to build extra living space above it.

What’s New In Garage Design Trends

Much of the new construction you’ll find today has pushed the traditional 2-car garage aside in favor of 3-bay garages. You can use it as an excuse to buy a third car, but the reasoning behind this is that the extra bay is ample room for your snow blower or riding lawnmower. Bicycles hanging from rafter hooks sounds like a wise use of space – until the first time your head tangles with the handlebars after you’ve forgotten it’s up there above you. Now there’ll be plenty of room for everything to stay on the floor.

While there are plenty of interior reasons to go for a bigger garage, it’s also a smart way to enhance the overall look of your property.

  • There is no unspoken rule that garage doors have to be white, or that they must be segmented metal contraptions that roll up and down. Manufacturers are getting into the trend by offering a new variety of colors and styles that bring architectural excitement to this part of your home.
  • There are plenty of garage doors with windows, but why are there few garage walls with them? It’s easy to add a few of them to an existing garage – or include them in the construction plans of a new one. More light means more reasons to utilize the space for crafts or a work area. From an exterior standpoint, windows are one of the easiest ways to add architectural charm and value.

It’s time to say goodbye to the part of your house that looks like a boring box with a roll-up white aluminum door. You’ll see a return on the investment in the form of more storage space, as well as an enhancement in your home’s appearance. That enhancement, by the way, includes not seeing your cars loitering out in the driveway.

Talk to us about garages. We’re one of the few builders that don’t look at them as an afterthought. We’ll make sure it’s as functional on the inside – and as beautiful on the outside – as the rest of your home.