The importance of windows is often evident when its size, shape, style, and even location has been miscalculated. The rooms become either depressingly dim or glaringly bright. Placed correctly, however, windows not only contribute to the overall aesthetic of any property but also its energy efficiency.
Window positioning and orientation is important when it’s time for a kitchen remodel. A successful remodel should be one where a kitchen is comfortable, functional, pleasing, and efficient. As many homeowners spend a lot of time in the kitchen, this home staple should be as welcoming as any room should be.
At Southard Renewal by Andersen® of Kansas, we suggest considering the factors below when planning your next kitchen remodel.
This should be the number one and your most important consideration. For instance, windows should not be placed above cooking surfaces as this is both unsafe and inconvenient. You don’t want to reach over to a window opening only to be burned by the stove, or put yourself at risk near hot surfaces.
Are you considering fixed or operable windows? Operable windows are basically for ventilation, which can be especially useful when cooking as opening them allow air to circulate. Given then that these types of windows need to be accessed to for opening, these should be installed somewhere easily accessible and within reach. Fixed windows, meanwhile, are for viewing. These should be placed in areas not obstructed by furniture, decorative accessories, and other furnishings.
What level of privacy do you intend to have in your kitchen? If your kitchen is street-level, for instance, you might want to consider having windows positioned slightly higher above eye level. This will help avoid prying eyes. Otherwise, a larger window may help let in more natural light.
4. Aesthetic and Functional Mix
Last but most definitely not least, aesthetics will not be of much use without if your kitchen is not functional. For instance, windows and cabinets often compete for window space. Consider instead a pantry area for storage to allow for more window space. Windows placed above the sink is considered traditional, but keep in mind that you do not have to be bound by any tradition.
These guidelines should help any kitchen remodel achieve both style and substance, whether you’re from Wichita, Topeka, or Lawrence, KS. Your professional and trusted window contractor may have further suggestions for you, so heed their advice and work as closely with them as you should. For more advice on this subject, call us at (855) 871-9140 today.