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Window of design opportunity | The West Australian

Beyond letting in natural light, windows can be beautifully crafted features in their own right.

Jonathan William Homes Project Manager and Interior Designer Jenna Athans said larger windows gave you the opportunity to add an architectural detail and a point of interest, rather than just a building item that often gets overlooked.

“We are definitely noticing a change in Perth, where our clients are starting to see the value of investing in upgrading their window sizes, shapes and styles to accentuate their homes,” she said.

“If you are smart with your home’s orientation and layout, and you have positioned your windows in the right spot, they can help create a focal point.

“Taller windows allow for a larger viewpoint to be properly framed and enjoyed from within the home.”

In order to achieve that wow factor with floor-to-ceiling windows, Ms Athans recommended to install them in the main living areas.

“The kitchen, living and dining spaces, where you tend to spend your daylight hours,” she said.

“Also where your home is overlooking a view such as a park, lake, ocean or river, and where there is a north-facing aspect – this is the best type of light to have as it’s not too overpowering in the early morning, not too hot in the afternoon and there’s consistent light throughout the day.”

Ms Athans said if your home had ceilings higher than 28 courses, which is the standard height, then floor-to-ceiling windows were not only appealing but essential.

“If you keep the standard window height, it will make the windows seem out of proportion,” she said.

“You are wasting the perfect opportunity to maximise on natural light, which will highlight the higher ceiling and make the space feel even bigger again.”

Ms Athans pointed to the master bedroom in the Layla by Jonathan William Homes as an example of expansive sliding doors that maximised views and light.

“The master bedroom ceiling was raking upwards, so the doors measured 3m tall,” she said.

“They are also wider than standard, at 1400mm wide for each panel.”

Although dependent on the type of glass and frames being used, Ms Athans recommended some energy-efficient features to add.

“You can use low-e, double glazing, thermal breaks and subframes to help achieve this,” she said.

Ms Athans said the floor-to-ceiling windows were often more costly.

“The additional engineering required, plus larger spans of glass usually mean you may need to upgrade your glass and frame to commercial grade,” she said, adding that something to also be aware of is glancing light.

“When you have full-height windows, you can get a direct line of sight from the ceiling to the top of the window and this may highlight a discrepancy in the ceilings.”

CONTACT Jonathan William Homes, 0401 383 860, www.jonathanwilliam.com.au

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