If there's one thing I've learnt from endless hours watching Kevin McCloud on Grand Designs, it's that the ultimate success of a house often lies in the finer details. Quality, craftsmanship and an understanding of good design tend to produce beautiful homes.
Well... that's all fine for Kevin McCloud, but he never tried selecting windows for the House on Chambers.
After almost two years of tatty brown aluminium, we are finally ready to replace all the windows in the house (preferably before the onset of Winter). But the selection process is turning out to be a touch more difficult than I expected. So, as usual, I'm sending calls for help into the blogosphere.
A couple of considerations: First (and most frustratingly), they must be aluminium. As much as this grates with me, the highly saline bore water used to irrigate the lawns will brown and destroy timber rapidly. Secondly, they will be Vivid White, as all the external doors have already been installed. Finally, they need to be simple, as the overall simplicity of the building design won't support anything ornate or overly detailed.
I love the simplicity of these windows...
And the symmetry of these...
And while French windows are always beautiful, I've never seen them done successfully in aluminium (they tend to look cheap).
|image via Medallion Homes|
While the exterior architecture of this house is far superior to ours, the rendered finish, overall palette and window sizes are similar. With a simple vertical division through the centre of each window and smaller awning openings above, these windows would allow maximum light with minimal disruption of the view. I like it... But then the obsessive voice in my head says that the horizontal beam should be in the centre of the window, not set above! So, I need your help. Remembering that the House on Chambers is essentially a 1980 rectangular box with a wrap-around veranda, what window design would you choose?
And just because we deserve a bit of fun after all of that, take a look at these...
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