Home improvements and renovation projects are booming in the UK thanks to initiatives such as the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.
Experts estimate that UK residents will spend over £24bn on upgrades that make us fall in love with our homes all over again. One of the most popular alterations is the installation of modern and thermal-efficient windows.
Windows: what you need to know
Improved windows not only add value to your home: they can also enhance your family’s quality of life by helping to create a warmer, cosier and lighter space. Because contemporary homes have more glazing than earlier styles, design choice is especially important.
- Combine fixed and open styles. Install open windows in rooms where natural ventilation is an asset, such as bedrooms and kitchens. Fixed windows are a better choice for living rooms and bathrooms.
- When it comes to frames, think minimal. Thinner frames maximise both views and natural light. Aluminum is popular for its strength and minimal appearance, but timber frames are also an excellent choice and can add a more ‘homely’ touch to your interior.
- Think thin. Modern house designs support an eclectic mix of window shapes and sizes. Be creative and if your working on a new build work with your architect or designer to add a variety of shapes or sizes to the properties windows.
- Don’t be afraid to stand out. Traditional flush designs are functional but if you want to try something different there are options such as a box-style window, a modern alternative to a bay window that can add a dramatic touch to the exterior of the building, and create more space inside.