Homeowners continue to spend wildly on kitchen renovations, but are they looking at the right solution? Will new appliances, an island, new cupboards, and flooring really give them what they’re looking for emotionally?
The kitchen is the new heart of the home, whereas in the past, it was the living room. Open concept designs helped fuse living and cooking, but without new windows, the new superroom lacks light and spirit. That kills what homeowners are looking for – feeling good.
Letting light into the kitchen from multiple directions really perks it up. We just had one solid, cold, dark, 6 month winters, so I probably don’t have to remind you how uplifting light is. Consider this your light therapy project.
Open Kitchens to the Outdoors
Many kitchens get located in a wall-less alcove which isolates and makes it claustrophobic. No one wants kitchens like that yet builders are still putting them in new homes. That’s horrible.
Natural light has a powerful effect on our mind and emotions. Through the windows (or skylights) it infuses our interiors with vivid warm colours, relaxes our eyes, and gives us comfort.
Old houses unfortunately were built with small window openings and new buyers find themselves cutting out larger window openings and installing new replacement window units. Great way to spruce up an old house and even add to its value.
New Window Technology offers Excellent Benefits
New technology today used in window design and construction allows for much bigger, easier to maintain and operate windows. And yes, their ability to suppress noise and save energy are big benefits for you as well.
So if you’re committing to that kitchen redesign, you might find you’ll get a significant emotional lift by opening the room to light. Replace your counter top, put a new faucet/basin in, and add an island if you like. Now you have the features you really did need.
New appliances and flooring can come later when you can afford them. It’s doubtful that they’ll add that much enjoyment. With bigger windows in the kitchen, you’ll be enjoying a fantastic view and that will make your kitchen the epicenter of your home.
What are some ideas for your kitchen windows?
- Put in a new, bigger picture window over your kitchen sink
- Buy a triple pane window for maximum protection against moisture buildup
- Put new, 3-panel, energy efficient patio doors onto your deck.
- Use a narrow floor to ceiling window
- Install a large casement window
- Have casement window with two latches, one high left unlocked so you can easily reach the lower one to unlock it.
- Install a large bay or bow window to create a panoramic view of your yard
- Install a garden window to hold plants/flowers
- Ask for an extra deep window sill almost as an extra shelf space
After you’ve committed to installing windows, you’ll have to choose a window type and a window frame material (wood vs vinyl or vinyl vs fiberglass). You’ll need to look at the types first and then discuss with us which would be appropriate for your home.
If you would like something unusual, creative, we’d be happy to help you with a custom design.