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Do New Homes Have More Windows?

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Nov 07, 2011 @ 09:11 AM

NC Custom Home Builder Tips - How Many Windows Should my New Home Have?

What are the pros and cons of adding more windows?

Here are some pros and cons of adding lots more windows to your new home, or choosing a floor plan with many more windows than average. Click here for a short guide on popular custom home window styles.

how many windows should I havePros of Adding More Windows to your New Home:

  1. More Natural Light
  2. Brighter Rooms
  3. Plenty of fresh air
  4. More visually appealing home exterior
  5. More visually appealing interior rooms

Cons of Adding Extra Windows:

  1. Heating and cooling energy loss
  2. Potentially leads to a limited budget for more specialized windows with unique patterns/angles
  3. More opportunities for furnishings to fade
  4. More window treatments required 
  5. Less wall space for furniture/art placement
  6. More expensive!

Tips when Designing a New Home with Your NC Custom Homebuilder:

  • Many (but not all) custom home builders will allow you to change window sizes.  Even widening or lengthening an existing window may give you the light you're looking for.
  • "Specialty" windows are much more costly than standard windows.  Arches, half rounds, and huge picture windows have a lot of appeal - but you'll want to make sure this is something you can raise the budget for.
  • Consider adding additional windows first to the rooms you'll be spending the most time in, like the Great Room.   Two or three windows is probably more than sufficient for each bedroom, where you'll spend most of your time in the evenings.
  • Look at rooms that don't have any windows.   Redesigning the kitchen to add a single window over the sink may make a huge difference in the natural light in the room.
  • Consider a sliding glass patio door in place of a single window and French door.   You'll add much more light.
  • Ask your NC custom home builder what they think of the existing window sizes and placement - with years of experience, a good builder will be able to suggest some good solutions!

NC Custom Home Design Ideas:

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Rear and Screen Porch Styles Video

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More Design Trend Ideas for NC Custom Homes:

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Kitchen Design Trends - Where Should the Microwave Go?

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Contact Stanton Homes for floor plan ideas, to get a new home cost estimate, or find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.

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