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Our Top Architectural Styles For Your Windows – What to Know

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Jul 13, 2019

Are you looking to revamp the overall look and appearance of your home? If yes, start by beautifying your windows and patio doors.

Let’s put it this way. If your house were a face, the windows and doors would be the facial features (such as your eyes, ears, nose, and mouth). Those facial features make up the overall appeal of your face. The same goes with the windows and doors as they augment and embellish your home’s overall appeal.

That said, here are five top architectural styles that you can try for your home’s windows and patio doors:

Tudor Style

The Tudor style has a glorious transition into what it is now from what it used to be in the fifteenth century during the Tudor period. Hence, the term ‘Tudor’ style. This style basically employs the use of fine plaster exterior with brick and stone sections, doorways with arched form, and tall, narrow windows with dark trim.

If you’re looking to create Tudor-style home windows, you can opt for the long, narrow-shaped casement windows in order to balance the architectural design and emphasize the height of the home. For doors, you can go for French swinging doors integrated well with long, narrow-shaped windows.

Cape Cod Style

The Cape Cod style was originated in the seventeenth century in New England. The basic features of this style include the one-and-a-half stories with a pitched roof and a small porch over the front door.

It is recommended that you have two windows placed on each side of the door, and dormer windows centered above for a symmetrical appearance. As for your patio door, French swinging or French-style sliding doors are very much preferred.

Victorian & Queen Anne Styles

The aptly-called Victorian houses were built during the twentieth century Industrial Revolution in Great Britain. Today, these Victorian houses have continued to invade the space, even in the United States. For architectural style distinction, these houses typically have stylish décor with intricate details, a multitude of trim, and a bold color palette.

Those inspired by Victorian & Queen Anne style typically opt for and bow windows. French-Style sliding patio doors are often used to accentuate the traditional architecture of Victorian or Queen Anne homes.

Craftsman Bungalow Style

It is said that American Craftsman style and bungalows were some of the most affordable housing options in America during the early twentieth century. Today, you can catch a glimpse of this American home classic all over the US. The Craftsman Bungalow style is known for the classic front porch, squared tapered columns, and open floor plan.

To take this classic style to the next level, consider complementing the windows and doors with its signature style. Double Hung windows in combination with casement and awning windows best suit Craftsman Bungalow style houses. You can also accentuate the Bungalow house with French patio doors as great addition on the front porch or to the back yard.

Colonial Style

Last on the list is the Colonial Style. As history would tell, Colonial homes have drawn their inspiration and influence from Dutch, French, Spanish, New England, and Georgian architecture. These homes usually sit at two-and-a-half stories tall and are generally made of red brick with multiple chimneys.

Two windows best suits the traditional Colonial homes. That said, these windows should be evenly spaced on each side of the door with three placed on the second level, with one centered above the door to make up the traditional look. As for doors, French sliding patio doors are very much recommended in order to give the house its classic look.

Custom Contracting is a family-owned company that provides custom window installation services in and around Burlington and Hamilton Ontario – get in touch today to see how we can help!


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