Windows are seen in every building; this proofs that their presence is very important. While these windows are usually placed in different positions on the walls that house them, it would be erroneous to think that they are just placed indiscriminately and no thought goes into the choice of a proper location to place these windows.
Whether you are having a new house built or you are looking to renovate an old one, know that different rooms in a building have their different sizes, style, proposed function, location in the house, and location relative to the sun. All of these have an impact on the different requirements for window placement.
- Home front
This is the part of the house that is visible that passersby and it is the first part that visitors see. Since it generally forms a large part of the first impression to be formed about your name, you need to get it right. Windows and their placement in these are a large part of getting this right.
When choosing window placement, you can either opt for one large window laid out in landscape format, which would occupy a large stretch of space in this home front or you opt for multiple windows.
If going for the singular window option, you should consider placing this above your doorway. Doing this, will not only make it look properly placed but will also allow sufficient light into your foyer, waiting room and/or house in general.
With bedrooms, you would want to consider the functionality of the window, or windows as the case may be, as well as the view. This view is especially important if you have a great scenic view on the other side that you would not mind waking up to.
To have this view, you might want to have clear glass installed from the roof to floor on the wall that overlooks the said view. If you, however, are just particular about ventilation and entrance of light into the room only, you might want a simpler and smaller window.
If you would like to further control the light that enters into the room, a small window would be appropriate. To ensure that this light does not disturb you in the mornings, you could have this fitted above the bed’s headrest.
- Living Room
A living room is where a lot of activities go on in the home. It is also the reception area for a lot of visitors you have. These are the reasons why you need to get the window placement right; you don’t want the place being stuffy or dark quickly.
This room would be a great place to situate a large window, especially if there is a scenic display on the other side. If the view is, however, not so scenic, you could opt for multiple smaller windows that would allow sufficient light and air into the room.
Make sure, however, that this window or windows are not placed in ways that would allow the entrance of maximum sunlight which would reflect off different surfaces in the room, and cause a resultant glare.
Like the case with the office, you could opt for a northward or southward window. Alternatively too, if you want the scenic view without the excessive amount of light, you could have curtains, with which you can regulate the light that enters a room, installed.
Having an office at home means being able to get some work done in the comfort of your home. Emphasizing on the word comfort, the comfort your home provides should be obvious in your office and office settings. One of the providers of this comfort is the window which allows light and air into this space.
It is indeed important for your office’s window to be properly placed. If you will be working on a computer screen, you need to position this such that light coming from the window won’t bounce off your screen, thereby causing a glare into your eyes.
If you will be doing a lot of paperwork or reading, you would want to place this in such a way that you are neither obstructing the light from the reaching the pages you are working on nor placing this in a way that causes direct glare from the book’s pages to your eyes.
Generally, placing the window at least four feet above the ground is crucial to avoid blinding light and its after-effect.
If possible, you could position the window such that it faces north or south rather than east or west direction, from where the sun rises and sets respectively. This rising and setting motion can cause harsh light to stream into the room, bouncing off all surfaces and making it difficult to see your screen and/or book.
People generally do not spend a lot of time in the bathrooms, so you might not be so particular about the amount of light and air that gets in. Your options range from top to ceiling windows which you can use if the bathroom is removed from public view, to small windows which are placed high enough that light can still stream through and you can carry out your business privately.
The kitchen is home to many appliances and activities, so it might be difficult to decide on a preferred window placement site. You can place this window above the sink, where you carry out a lot of activities and are at very frequently.
You could also choose to place this near the cooker point so the kitchen will be less stuffy as you cook. Or you could put this anywhere you want.
Only remember that in this case, functionality trumps view.
Wrapping It Up
While you may not initially know this, the difference between a room with a great feel, and one that seems gloomy could be the abundance of air and light in one and the lack of these in the other.
The difference between these rooms could be as simple as the window placement in them. Proper window placement could indeed help to transform your room.