Your lifestyle should dictate the invitation. If you’re lucky enough to have input from the beginning stages of space planning, the manner in which natural light illuminates the rooms should be a driving force in your decision making. Lighting is no simple matter and how you choose to frame the natural light invited into the various areas of your home will dictate how the rooms will in essence be used.
Large open windows on a southern exposed wall in the kitchen isn’t a very well thought out placement. They say, “If it’s too hot, get out of the kitchen” but that advice falls flat for the culinary enthusiast! Save the large southern exposed windows for the areas of your home that you want to have an endless supply of bright light and passive solar heating. The living room or even the home office, where we tend to spend a good portion of the day reading, entertaining and working, is an area where we crave bright lighting.
Unfortunately we aren’t always able to dictate the placement of the rooms in our homes, and if we should find ourselves with a southern placed kitchen, windows are the perfect way to control the light and heat filtered into the space. Throughout the day the kitchen temperatures will rise above the set temperature as we use our appliances, above what we may find comfortable. This is where Marvin Windows can help to soften the burden of the hot southern sun with the appropriate size windows to control the level of exposure. Marvin also gives control back to the homeowner with our light filtering shades. Truly no situation will find itself without the perfect remedy.
Unlike the southern walls of our home, the eastern skyline ideally calls for large sized window placement to ensure the best possible start to the day, every day. There is nothing quite like greeting the morning sun, sipping a fresh cup of coffee in your cozy kitchen nook while you plan out the day. Equally as inviting for the early riser is to have the morning sun ascend through their bedroom’s eastern exposed windows or to set appropriately on the western side, catching the last rays and warmth of the sun. Large well placed windows are not simply a beautiful display with a sense of style, but the manner in which we merge the interior and exterior in a perfect balance.
As the sun travels across the sky it affords us the perfect opportunity to use our knowledge of the various degrees of illumination and passive heating it presents throughout the day. We can use that information to choose the appropriate size, shape, placement and inserts of the windows to set the stage to enhance the lifestyle of the occupants within. Let’s take a look at a few examples:
Eastern exposure: Best for capturing morning sun in a breakfast nook, or a wake up call for the early riser. Big windows welcome in the first and less intense light of the morning sun.
Southern exposure: The brightest of rays should be saved for the space that gets the most living – the “living room.” Good news for those whose driveways face the south… less snow shoveling! Window size is dictated by the room that opens into the world. This light can be controlled by sizing, placement and window inserts to filter out harsh lighting if necessary.
Western Exposure: Excellent for the bedroom, dining room or family room as it catches the setting sunshine and brings the last bits of warmth indoors before the sun finally extinguishes for the night.
Northern Exposure: This side of the home gets the least sun exposure, perfect for spaces that don’t need natural sunlight in the home. Consider a theater or family room with a big screen tv, the movie buffs dream spot, or maybe a nice place for garage placement or the even late morning sleeper.
Remember, this is your home. Ask yourself: how will I live in it? What is my lifestyle? What tasks and activities play throughout the day within these walls? Our Marvin lifestyle experts will help choose the right windows to the let the sunshine in, perfectly!
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Naomi Mancha is a Products and Services Consultant at A.W. Hastings. She comes from a diverse background in the field of interior design and sales. Her focus is on the development of relationships with architects, contractors and institutions as well as keeping home building and renovating projects advancing to a spectacular conclusion.