Celebrate Light and Good Design

From on February 23, 2009 in Window Replacement

No matter where you live or whether you prefer traditional, contemporary, or any other type of architecture, you probably share one thing in common with other homeowners: the love of light and lovely views. The way we invite light and open up to external views from inside our homes is with windows, doors, and skylights. It’s not surprising, then, that changing and/or adding more of these are among the most popular home improvements for lightening and brightening a home. You can transform the way your home looks, from both inside and out, by the windows you choose and the addition of light-allowing doors. And most everyone has experienced the magic of a skylight – what a way to enhance an interior space! CalFinder’s Ideas Gallery has a fabulous section for Windows that is sure to lighten your mood just by browsing. In addition to feeling uplifted from the celebration of light and good design, you’ll see how your own home could be upgraded in ways that enhance your quality of life enormously. Here are a few examples of the many you’ll find:

Palladian Arches, French Doors

homeworks.jpgIn this remodel, the use of multi-paned glass in warm wood framing makes a new addition come alive with light. In this case, the view to the landscaped grounds outside emphasizes a modestly sized garden that comes right into the Tuscan-flavored great room. The project was done by HomeWorks, which offers San Francisco Bay Area homeowners “an easy, affordable, worry-free way to select beautiful new replacement windows, entry doors, and patio doors. In business since 1986, HomeWorks is proud to have become the Bay Area’s exclusive dealer for Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and doors.”

Skylights Brighten a Kitchen Remodel


One of the places more light is most welcome is in the kitchen. Although the kitchen remodel featured here would have had a good amount of light even without the skylights, the elegance of the space is increased by emphasizing the height of the ceiling as well as illuminating the beauty of the cabinetry by adding them. This project is one of Ekman and Associates, based in Oakland.

Raise the Rafters for a Room with a View


When you’ve got a major view to celebrate, why not maximize it with an expanse of glass? Here’s an example to inspire how effectively a home can be remodeled to take advantage of panoramas that deserve showcasing. Utilizing space by creating a room under the rafters is one way to add value to your home by adding to the number of rooms that open onto the “glory view.” TurnerBuilt is based in Half Moon Bay and serves the Bay area. They specialize in new construction as well as remodeling.