Whether you’re buying a fixer-upper or looking to update some of your existing windows, there are plenty of options available that can add an entirely new level of interest and light to your home. Here are some options to inspire you, as well as what to expect when it comes to cost.
Double-hung windows may seem fairly basic, but they’re actually a bit more interesting than single-hung windows. With these, you can open the window from either the top or the bottom, and even add a tilt if you’d like. This gives you more control of how much air you want coming through the house. With installation, expect a double-hung window to start at around $300, with the potential to go higher with non-standard sizes.
There’s no better way to capture an amazing view than with a picture window. It won’t open, but it will provide a completely unencumbered frame for the outside, whether it’s a city skyline or a towering mountain. If you chose your home largely for the outdoor space, there’s no better way to bring the outside in than with a picture window. Depending on size, each window (and installation) start at about $340.
Casement windows are a step above picture windows ,because you can open them to let in a breeze. How much of a view you get depends on the style of window you choose. You can elect to have gridded trim for a traditional look, or keep it all wide open. You can also choose between handles or cranks to open your windows. The cost for these windows range from close to $300 and for larger windows, closer to $800 each.
What better way is there to spend a Sunday afternoon than to curl up on a window bench reading your favorite book? While you may be able to create this cozy spot underneath any type of window, the best way is to use a bay window. Plus, you can add a dramatic layer of architectural interest while letting the natural light flood into your home. Bay windows are a bit more expensive, ranging between $1,200 and $3,500 each.
If you want to lighten up a dark room (especially if it’s north-facing or surrounded by trees or another building), consider adding in some skylights. The best time to do this is when replacing your roof, since it’ll shave off some of the labor costs when your contractor is already up there, but it can be done at any time and can really change the dynamic of a room. A single skylight can start around $900, so make sure you’re strategic when picking the placement.
Get creative with your windows, and determine the right style to add light, interest, and warmth to your home. After all, that’s what great design is all about.
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