Many new houses are blessed with an abundance of glass windows and doors. Builders know today’s homeowners want a beautiful view with a connection to the outdoor patio where they could sit under the cantilever umbrellas and enjoy a wonderful evening. Atrium windows that span several floors are sought after features in newly constructed homes. Quite often, buyers purchased the home specifically for these windows.
That’s great until the summer sun blasts through them creating all kinds of havoc. The interior room temperature is elevated; the furniture and flooring fade; and no one can see the television. So how do you solve this dilemma? How do you preserve the view and eliminate these negatives?
[singlepic id=1377 w=320 h=240 float=none]Draperies can be made to open wide and stack off the window – leaving that sought after view intact for all but the sunniest times of the day. Window shades with cassette-style head rails can minimize the visual intrusion some shades have on the view and the décor. If the sun’s angle permits, a top-down, bottom-up feature allows daylight from the upper windows, while blocking the harmful rays at the lower level.
These solutions are best handled with custom window treatments. Yes, ready-made draperies and window shades are available from a variety of businesses from “big-box” to hardware stores. Technology savvy customers can also find ready-made to semi-custom treatments on the internet. These websites are online “catalog” stores with limited product lines.
None of these, however, offer the personal, on-site service provided by custom window treatment retailers. An in-home decorator has experience measuring the windows for that “custom” fit that cannot be found in a one size fits all ready-made treatment. The decorator brings to you an assortment of samples to match your existing decor and years of experience addressing these window dilemmas. That wealth of knowledge is simply not available at your neighborhood hardware store.