A lot of imagination is going into home construction today. We’re especially happy to see windows placed for optimum natural light in addition to stunning views. We’re even happier to see homeowners using window treatments to save on the power bill, block strong sunlight at various times of day as well as minding security. Some homeowners, though, have used shape, size and placement of windows to highlight the architecture of the house or to maximize light. It’s these windows we’re concerned with today, because some homeowners aren’t aware that motorized window treatments can help with covering odd-shaped or very highly placed windows. We’ve noticed some window types with which we can help.
Many owners of A-frame houses have floor-to-part-way-to-the-ceiling windows with smaller windows atop them. This allows the family to enjoy amazing views. However, the sun can be punishing at certain angles, especially in winter when there is no humidity to soften the sun’s rays, not to mention the cold. We have for your consideration motorized blinds, whose slats can be opened part-way to maximize light but block the cold in winter or the heat of summer. They can also be raised to allow light while the main window coverings are blocking the most punishing rays.
Many homeowners have altered their garages to be either family rooms or small apartments for their oldest kid or perhaps their senior parents. Some homeowners dispense with bricking up the garage door in favor of replacing it with retractable windows. This isn’t a bad idea, until Mom and Dad or the resident teenager wants to sleep, change clothing or perform other personal activities. Motorized white Roman shades would be a good idea in this instance. The vanes can be adjusted for light while maintaining privacy. They also answer most homeowner’s association rules about maintaining a uniform look around the house regarding window treatments.
Homes built with Palladian windows, half-moon windows over the normal double-hung windows in addition to smaller square windows over floor-to-ceiling windows present a problem to owners. While the light shines in, everything is good. It’s when family activities are somewhat noticeable from outside that the problem occurs. Did you know that blinds can be fashioned to fit any odd-shaped window? When wood or white blinds are motorized, families have privacy, security and a beautiful look both inside and out.
Nothing beats watching from the comfort of your sofa as the clouds dance across the sky, birds float about or even snowflakes fall. Looking through skylights is comforting. You’re aware of the added warmth, natural light and view on the world. The trouble with that scenario is the inadvertent tan you’ll get some days or the chill that accompanies those snowflakes. Bamboo roller shades provide a classic look in addition to superior coverage. Sheer shades are popular and come in a variety of colors. Motorizing them gives skylight aficionados the best of both worlds.
Walls of Glass
We envy families with homes overlooking water, deep woods or expanses of grass, because they see all that beauty through walls of glass. No need for draperies, blinds or shades. No neighbors sneaking a look. No one is plotting how to burgle the place. Or so they think. The last time you were there, wasn’t that sofa a little darker, the carpet a little bluer? Didn’t the paint on the walls seem much eggshell-ier? And those nose prints on the window. They weren’t there the last time you were in the house, were they? Would you like to re-think those window coverings? We can offer you top-down bottom-up blinds and shades, motorized for your convenience and comfort. You might choose between any numbers of styles of sheer blinds with adjustable slats. You can hit the button on the remote as you approach the house, so the rooms will be full of light but nose prints on the windows won’t see anything.
We are alive to the beauty and architectural use of windows. We have to confess that odd shapes and walls of glass do it for us. We enjoy the chance to use our imaginations just as much as you do. After all, those nose prints have to go!