How to Plan Window Placement in a New Home

There are plenty of pressing concerns for the homeowner building a new house. For example, you’ll have to decide on square footage, the number of rooms, and the layout of the floor plan, and all can have a major impact on how your home functions and look. With such pressing concerns, you might not be overly worried about the placement of the windows in your house, relying on your professional building contractor to work out such seemingly minute details. But don’t be too hasty to hand off this responsibility – you could end up with some real hassles on your hands in the long run. What if you end up with a picture window that offers a fantastic view of your neighbor’s living room? Or what if the morning sun blinds you because there’s a huge bank of windows on the southeast corner of your bedroom? You’re the one who will have to live with these blunders.

But as a novice, how can you plan for window placement in your new home? There are a few factors you’ll want to consider, and they’re fairly practical concerns. For starters you need to think about where you want the sun to come in and at what time of day. For example, you might like morning sun in the kitchen and evening sun in the living room. This depends somewhat on room placement and if you live in the northern hemisphere, the south-facing side of your home will get the most sunlight throughout the day. So morning sun will come in the southeast and evening sun will come in the southwest. But of course, it will only come in if you have windows suitably placed to allow for it.

In addition, you have to consider the size and shape of windows for a couple of reasons. If you want a large bank of windows, you need to make sure you have adequate wall space, so paying attention to your floor plan is essential. Of course, custom windows are also an added expense, not only up front, but if you want to have window treatments made, so that bears some thought. However, the main thing to think about is the use you’ll get. Large windows in the bedroom might seem ideal if you love the sun and you have a great view, but don’t forget privacy concerns.

And you need to take stock of the situation inside your home, as well. When placing your windows it’s easy to get caught up in considering the view of the outside, but don’t forget that you’ll have furniture inside your home that has to maneuver around windows to some extent. A bedroom with wall-to-wall windows could make it difficult to figure out where to place your bed. And with a fireplace and a TV already vying for attention in a family room, do you really want to add a giant picture window to the mix? The pros at Lyndhurst Lumber can supply you with the windows you need and possibly even suggest suitable placement options, but you need to think about issues like lighting, privacy, and even the cost of utility bills (from sunlight pouring in the windows in the summer and jacking up your AC bill) since you’re the one who will have to live with whatever window placement you choose.

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