Rules of Proportion and Scale For Windows and Doors

Have you ever seen a home with windows or an entry door that just didn’t look right? We see them all the time and offer design assistance to help homeowners understand the importance of proportion and scale when it comes to replacing their windows or entry doors. We don’t just plug one of our products into an opening…we evaluate the relationship of the window or door to the overall architecture and how we can stay true to the architectural integrity or even improve the overall look of the home.

Here’s a quick primer on how proportion and scale impacts your windows and doors.

Window Grids

These “before and after” photos show how selecting the correct grid size can have an overall impact on the proportion and scale of the windows to the home. Our designer suggested a move toward a more open look with larger grid pattern to provide larger daylight openings. Compare the grid patterns on the before and after homes. Notice how “busy” the original windows look when compared to the larger grid used on the replacement windows. (Click image to enlarge)

Here’s another example of how changing window grid sizes creates a cleaner and simpler look to better match the scale and proportions of a home. Not only did the grid sizes differ in the original upper and lower windows, but the lower window grid lines didn’t even line up to the upper window grid lines.

Door Styles

Sometimes the door style should be changed due to proportions of the opening. For instance, the door shown below was changed from a standard height door with two sidelites and a large transom over the door to a taller, double-door configuration with less transom area. The new door was sized to allow a simple half circle transom rather than the odd-sized transom on the original door. The door and transom size change “stretches” the look of the entryway to make it less intimidating and more pleasing to the eye. (Click image to enlarge)

Here’s a situation where the original double doors are not in scale with the home. The doors seem to be squeezed into the opening. Without changing the size of the opening, we suggested a single door with two sidelites to better suit the low ceiling height of the porch. (Click image to enlarge)

If you have a project that needs a good design eye, give us a call. One of our design consultants will visit your home and provide design opinions on how you can achieve the windows or doors of your dreams. Give us a call at 502-896-1717 to get started today.

Why Replacing Your Windows In Stages Might Make Sense

Replacing a house full of windows sounds like a daunting task, right? Great news – it does not have to be! Quite often we meet homeowners who know they need to replace most if not every single window in their home. However, they are not ready to tackle such a large project all at once. Or, they know the project will be more than this year’s budget. Or, just maybe, this first time purchase is scary and the homeowners want to test the waters – see if they like the product and the installing contractor.

It’s Smart To Replace Your Windows A Few At A Time.

Regardless the reason, it is okay to change out your windows over several years. You do not have to compromise. Buying windows for your home is a big investment and you don’t have to make the investment all at once.

Check Out These Before and After Images Of A Recent Project:

     

Here’s How It’s Done

One recent project shows how replacing windows in stages can be more manageable for your nerves and your budget. These homeowners found extensive rot and general loss of function for many of their windows and wanted to replace them with energy-efficient models that offered key features for their lifestyle. The 1926 home included 42 windows and was a perfect candidate for replacement in stages to meet the homeowners’ feature and budget needs. They added a touch of architectural style by replacing the original 6 over 6 grille design with a 3 over 1 design.

MONEY SAVING TIP: If you purchase five to eight windows at a time, your window dealer can offer you the best price on installation because their team is fully employed for the day. Also, the right designer/consultant/retail dealer can offer suggestions on window designs that can maintain the architectural integrity of your home and also save money – not all windows have to be re-created exactly as they were.

Now For The Big Question: Which Windows To Do First?

How do you know which windows to replace first? In this case, the decision was based on a combination of regaining functionality and retaining proper aesthetics. The original kitchen windows were difficult to open and close, so adding functional windows to this part of the home was important. In addition, the homeowners decided to replace all the windows on the kitchen side of their home to avoid a potential mismatched look from the change in grille pattern. Insert windows were used to avoid disturbing the original interior trim. The results are impressive. Even with the grille changes, the new windows look like they had always been part of the charming home’s architecture. And the homeowners were thrilled to get exactly the windows they wanted for their home within a budget they could manage.

Why Wait Any Longer?

Follow your wishes. Do not compromise for cost or time, because as you can see, both are negotiable! If you are ready, jump right in and replace all of your windows. Or, take a more measured pace and replace five to eight windows a year until the project is finished. The choice is up to you. Take as many “bounds” as you need!