Double-hung windows have a traditional yet distinctive and versatile design. Their adaptability in looks makes them suitable for different applications and home styles. Moreover, they also come in a wide range of sizes, colors, and finishes. Regardless of your home’s style, double-hung windows can fit right in.
In this post, we take a look at the different architectural styles that double-hung windows work well with.
Despite having English roots, this home style is distinctly American. It originates from early 1700s New England architectural styles. . Evolving from Colonial style houses, Cape Cod homes are believed to have been widely adapted in response to the availability of materials and the stormy climate typical to the area. A Cape Cod home usually has double-hung windows in front and back. The sashes are usually of different height, often determined by grille patterns.
This type of home style first emerged in the Midwest in the mid-1800s. American farmhouses range from small, simple structures to more elaborate ones that border on Victorian. The style is characterized by assymetrical massing, with a gable at the front of the house. When it comes to windows, double-hungs are a natural fit for this home style. Traditionally, an American farmhouse will have a double-hung window that is taller than it is wide. Today, you can definitely channel the classic appeal by installing customized double-hung windows.
This architectural style is among the products of the Arts & Crafts movement of the early 20th century, particlarly known for its shallow-pitched roofs, exposed rafter tails, and the use of a combination of various building materials. While craftsman bungalows use different window styles, double-hung windows with wood interiors are predominant. It is best to get vertically proportioned windows with vertical grilles for accent.
Gaining popularity after World War II, ranch-style homes are usually narrow and long, spreading across the lot. They are typically one-story. Because vast expanses of land were available at the time, the style quickly spread across the country. Because ranch is a versatile home style that can accept different elements from other styles, double-hung windows can effortlessly match a ranch home’s simple and basic look.
Modern or Contemporary
Contemporary homes are commonly distinguished by their industrial, minimalist, and urban appeal. Modern homes have an almost geometric look to them. When designed and arranged well, double-hung windows can complement the structural and functional allure of these homes.
In the next post, we will talk about the ease of operation and maintenance of double-hung windows, with bonus tips on how you can use and maintain them better. Keep posted!