In times past, windows in the kitchen served more of a practical purpose, that of lighting and ventilation while a busy housewife spent hours cooking, canning, and washing dishes. With the invention of modern appliances, processed food, and a busy lifestyle away from home, kitchen windows have evolved toward wider design possibilities.
There are several different window shapes available. A window can become a beautiful focal point in an otherwise plain kitchen. Try adding a Palladian arch, a single radius window, or a cluster picture window to make a cozy alcove. A window seat or breakfast nook could also become a comfortable feature. Garden windows are also a popular choice for a kitchen.
Window frames now come in a nice selection including different woods and multiple colors of vinyl, fiberglass, and aluminum. Grid styles and sliders vary also, allowing you to work your window around the purpose it is serving. Choose a French rail grid, a full grid, or no grid. Sliders come in horizontal and vertical options and can be placed at the top, bottom, center, or side of the window. Windows with fixed panes are also available.
The glass you choose is also an important part of your window. There are glasses that help to control the sun’s heat, reducing harmful UV rays, and avoiding fading of furniture and carpets. Low emissivity, glazed windows can help to control solar heat gain in different climates. Choose windows that have the Energy Star approval – these pass the United States Department of Energy’s standards for energy efficiency.
For not a large investment, replacing or adding a new window to your kitchen can really brighten up your space. Statistics show the average return on investment for replacing old windows is 91.6%. Contact one of our certified kitchen contractors, and they can give you a free estimate to help your plans become a reality.
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