|New Look for Kitchens and Baths with Energy Efficient Windows and Doors|
New Look for Kitchens and Baths with Energy Efficient Windows
(ARA) - Buying new carpet, splurging on hardwood floors or remodeling a
basement is on a lot of people’s home improvement “wish lists.” But with rising
energy costs taking a bigger bite out of the budget, today’s style and
money-conscious consumers are moving replacement of worn out windows and doors
to the top of their project list. Thanks to improvements in energy-efficiency
and design flexibility, new windows and doors can help reduce energy bills while
dramatically improving the look and comfort of a room.
Today’s windows can become the defining centerpiece of any room, especially
kitchens or bathrooms in need of a fresh new look, not to mention more natural
light. Windows, doors with windows, or even a whole wall of windows add drama to
the drabbest of interiors. Window updates to a kitchen or bath can result in a
major improvement in terms of a fresh look and feel to a home. When making
decisions about window upgrades it’s important to not only consider aesthetics
but also practical issues such as ventilation, security and proper placement.
Today’s windows also can provide added peace and quiet for active homeowners,
as modern multi-paned windows provide greater sound-proofing benefits, not to
mention improved energy-efficiency, as compared with older single-pane windows.
Investing in home improvement not only reduces energy costs, but increases
everyday comfort, both factors that can add value to a home at resale time.
According to a Freddie Mac homebuyer’s guide, if a home has been
well-maintained, it can command a much higher price than the same home with fair
to poor maintenance. The guide states that an older home with modest
construction features might have a remodeled kitchen, or new insulated glass
replacement windows that would add to its value.
Experts at the Pella Window Store say for many people, the decision to
replace a window is more than performance based, there’s value in how it looks,
* Is there peeling, chipping or deterioration on the inside or out?
* Is it easy to open, or is it painted or nailed shut or inoperable?
* Does it collect moisture in between the panes?
* Can you feel a breeze inside the home even when the window is closed?
* Is the style outdated?
* Is it poorly placed?
* Is the symmetry of the room off because of one window?
The ability to clean a window without much hassle is another major
contributing factor in deciding if it’s time for replacement. Today’s
time-pressed consumers enjoy the convenience of virtually maintenance-free
aluminum-clad exteriors, durable fiberglass composite products and other
pre-finished interior and exterior window options, which eliminate the need for
painting and scraping windows and doors.
In addition to added beauty, energy-efficiency and convenience, other trends
featured in window and door updates for kitchens and baths include:
Many people want bigger windows and better views from their kitchen sink.
Today’s awning-style windows allow for an expanded view, without a post or
column in the middle of the window. Another popular choice over the sink is a
casement window that is easier to open and close than other styles, thanks to
the convenience of a fold-away crank, providing an unobstructed view.
A popular evolution in windows is the shade-between-the-glass concept that
offers a visually clean, clutter-free look for the window and shade. With this
style, blinds and grilles are tucked away neatly between panes of glass, which
means no dusting! This type of unit provides privacy when needed for kitchens
and bathrooms, yet window fashions can be easily adjusted to allow in natural
light when desired. Available for both windows and doors, the window fashions
are protected between panes of glass, for ease of operation, and a sleek, clean
The latest accessory for these windows is a remote control. You can
effortlessly position the tilt of the shade with the remote. This idea is
perfect for kitchen windows or a bank of windows on a wall, such as in a
kitchen, dining room, bedroom, living room, family room, or a commercial
setting. For the ultimate in convenience, the remote is programmable so several
blinds can be tilted at once.
Dark bathrooms with little natural light or ventilation are perfect
candidates for new windows. Whirlpool bathtubs with a surround of windows are
very popular. A simple accent above a tub is a circlehead window that resembles
a half moon or wagon wheel. Adding glass block around an opening to the shower
allows for natural light yet maintains privacy. Awning windows with shades that
open from the bottom and are hinged at the top are also a good way to maintain
privacy while still allowing some natural light, as well as an airy look and
A great idea for the bathroom is a new cordless shade that can be raised,
lowered or tilted. This is a variation of the shade-between-the-glass window
that has appeal, especially when placed over a bathtub. It keeps the tub area
free of clutter, gives the room a neater look and is easy to operate with a
slide in the grove of the window.
Investing in a few minor home improvements each year, such as new windows,
will add up over time to equal major changes and dramatic new views. And making
incremental progress along the way will make your living experience even more
enjoyable. As the saying goes, “A house is a home when it shelters the body and
comforts the soul.”
Looking for more ideas? Visit a Pella Window & Door Store for the latest in
styles and innovations that will make your new or existing home project come to
life. Pella experts can help you figure out the best solution to your design
dilemma. To find the Pella Window & Door Store nearest you call (888) 84-PELLA
or visit www.pella.com.
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