How can you upgrade your home entertaining space with replacement windows? Whether you regularly use your dining room, living room, or kitchen area to entertain friends and family, take a look at what you need to know about window choice and installation.
What Type of Window Will Make the Biggest Impact?
Your entertaining area is the showplace of your home. This means you want to highlight the space and make the most of the interior and exterior aesthetics.
Even though windows offer an obvious function, they’re also part of the room’s décor—especially in an area that you’ll use to entertain. If you’re not sure what type of window will make the biggest impact in this type of space, consider high-drama choices such as:
- Picture windows. Not only will a full panel of glass give your guests an unobstructed view of your highly manicured yard or another visually stunning outdoor area, but this option also lets plenty of light in for daytime activities and events.
- Bay windows. Like picture windows, bay windows add extra space to let the light in and plenty of visual interest. This pop-out window also creates an extra seating area in your living, dining, or other entertaining room.
- Sliding windows. A slider is a simple window option that won’t distract from the rest of the room’s décor. This option is ideal for homeowners who want to experience the outdoors while indoors. Slide the window over to one side to let the light and air in.
Along with these popular picks, specialty windows are top options for home entertaining spaces. A special shape, French casement, or another custom alternative will accent the overall room décor.
How Can You Bring the Inside Out?
Do you enjoy indoor/outdoor dining or entertaining? Windows and full-glass doors can help you to combine the interior living or dining space with your backyard, deck, or patio. Again, a picture or bay window will provide added open space to view your home’s exterior and a slider maximizes the amount of fresh air you allow in. But these aren’t the only ways to bring the inside out (or outside in).
To create an indoor/outdoor entertaining space, consider:
- Sliding glass doors. Like sliding windows, these easy-to-open doors also increase natural light exposure and let in the outside air. You can also use this option to create a no-fuss pathway between your interior and exterior entertaining areas.
- French patio doors. Add elegance and a stylish sense of décor to your entertaining areas with French doors. The wide opening also allows for easy guest access to your outdoor or indoor spaces.
- Custom windows. A floor to ceiling or other long vertical or wide horizontal window connects the interior and exterior entertaining areas.
Bi-fold and multi-slide glass patio doors can also help you to create the ideal indoors/outdoors entertaining space. These options also easily allow guests to move from area to area, provide plenty of natural light for daytime events, and add to the overall room aesthetics.
Who Should Install Windows and Glass in Your Entertaining Space?
This isn’t a do-it-yourself job for a homeowner to attempt on their own. Your entertaining area needs the professional finish only a qualified glass contractor can provide.
Before you hire a contractor for this type of installation project:
- Ask friends and family. Referrals from people you know can help you to find the best contractor for your home’s needs.
- Ask for references. If you don’t have friends or family who can provide recommendations, ask each potential contractor for references from past or current customers.
- Ask about specialties. Do you want a custom shaped window, a larger bay, or a multi-slide glass door? Discuss the contractor’s experience with these complex projects before you choose a glass professional to complete your entertaining area job.
While written recommendations can help you to judge the contractor’s expertise, you also need to see examples of past work. A qualified contractor should provide future customers with photos of similar types of projects for reference.
Does your home need replacement windows? Contact Pella Windows and Doors of Wisconsin for more information.