When planning your upcoming window installation, taking the time to research about your home’s architectural design and its unique features can help you choose options that are both stylish and functional. Identifying which window styles can best complement your home’s style can be challenging: With so many window options on the market today, having the help of a professional can make the process of choosing the perfect window style for your needs much easier.
Fortunately, Renewal by Andersen of Cincinnati can help. Here, we will discuss a few popular home styles and explain which window options will work best for each:
- Craftsman Bungalow – This home style has a shallow pitched roof with deep overhangs, as well as elaborate structural components like brackets, rafters and columns. The Craftsman Bungalow is traditional in style, which is why double-hung and casement windows that are vertical in proportion are your best options. You can also add vertical grilles to these windows for design consistency. We also recommend you go with earth tones, such as burgundies, yellows, browns and greens.
- Ranch – Often low and horizontal, ranch homes typically have an open interior layout. Most of these homes are built of local materials and typically have an L-shaped floor plan surrounding an outdoor patio. Windows with large panes, such as casement and picture windows that allow you to enjoy a panoramic view of the outdoors, are the perfect choice for these often sprawling homes.
- American Farmhouse – This home style first emerged in the Midwest during the mid-1800s, and usually features a simple, open floor plan as well as a one-and-a-half to two-storey structure. Most American farmhouses feature tall double-hung windows with a simple grille, dividing the window glass into four panes. The ideal window colors for this type of home are white, canvas, red rock and Terratone®.
Choosing a window style that matches your home’s architectural design is easier said than done. To maximize your upgrade, you need to find the style that will work best with the existing design elements of your home. Thankfully, you can always consult our professional team for design ideas.
In the final installation of our three-part blog series, we take a closer look at the preparations you need to do for your home before starting your window upgrade.