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Planning Windows: What We Usually Forget?

What we usually forget when planning windows


A hidden cost many forget to consider until late in the window ordering process are things many consider to be ‘added extras’ namely the costs involved in glass that is specified for your home. There has been a recent change to BASIX legislation around improvements in energy efficiency and more specifically, controlling heat loss and gain through windows. This has meant that for many homes, double glazing or Low-E coated glass may be unavoidable in your new build. This can also impact on the types of windows and door options available for your home or the need to go up in range of products in order to accommodate double glazing.

So here’s some helpful advice should you be in the early stages of planning or designing your new home or renovation.

Think ahead

Have you considered how you want the interior of your home to look and feel?

Do you have your heart set on a particular style of window treatment perhaps floating sheer curtains or plantation shutters, or a mix of both? then be sure to think about this when making your window selections too. Some types of windows aren’t as functional with certain window treatments, for example, louver windows with plantation shutters simply don’t work.

Many home owners regret not putting more thought to the type of window coverings they will use and later wish they had factored this in whilst going through the building process. For example, if you were to installing sheer curtains throughout your home consider making allowances for recessed curtain tracks (i.e. where the ceiling is lower and there’s a hidden recessed area for the top of your curtains) for a cleaner and more luxe look.

a beautiful living room with white curtains

Example of recessed curtain track via Pinterest

Other tips

  • It may seem obvious now that you are reading this but for windows in bathrooms or where you may want added privacy, such as walk in robes etc, choose to use a translucent or obscure glass option. This will allow light to flow in, however provide the much needed privacy required.
  • For awning windows, look at the height of the window. If it’s more than 900mm, you may want to consider adding a break so the lower part of the window is a fixed panel and only the top of the window opens otherwise you’ll be getting down on your hands and knees to wind up a window from the floor.
  • Avoid super narrow and tall sliding windows. It can cause the weight of the window to be off balance and the wheels of the sliding window to be too close together causing the sliding glass panel to tip easily. In this instance an awning, casement or double hung may be a better option.