Enlarge a Room with Bay or Bow Windows

bay or bow windowsMany homeowners are turning to renovating strategies for making certain rooms appear larger than they are. This is the best solution, short of physically expanding the house, which is beyond the budget of most property owners. One simple way to create the perception of a larger living space is the addition of bay or bow windows.

What Are Bay and Bow Windows?

Bay and Bow windows are similar in design and both protrude from the main wall of the home. This also provides additional windowsill space to use for décor items or as a makeshift seating area. Bay and bow windows are similar in appearance and structure, though they differ in the following manner:

  • Bay windows have three angled windowpanes, vs four to five for a bow window
  • Bow windows are more curved and semi-circular, while bay windows have sharper corners between panes.
  • A bay window’s sharper angles are more suitable for contemporary homes, while bow windows are a better fit for Victorian-inspired designs. Both styles also complement nicely with horizontal or vertical siding.

Both window styles add depth and dimension to an otherwise small room. The addition of new windows also makes the space appear brighter. Old, clouded window panes inhibit light penetration. This makes the room darker, causing the space to feel smaller.

Other Ways to Create an Illusion of More Space

You can also make a few other simple adjustments besides the addition of bay or bow windows. Consider furniture with concealed storage compartments. You should also stick to neutral colors as much as possible. Too many bold colors can make a space feel compact.

We’ll Grace Your Home with New Windows

Look up our gallery to see the many types of windows we have installed for various Spokane Valley homes. Exteriors Unlimited will install bay or bow windows to help your home achieve a spacious interior appearance.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

New Window Installation for a Roomier Living Space

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Does Your Home Have a Bathroom Window?

bathroom windowA bathroom remodel should take function into consideration just as much as aesthetics. Of course, there are various ways of achieving the best of both worlds. One way is by installing a bathroom window.

Benefits of a Bathroom Window

Most bathrooms don’t have a window. Or, they have a small one that doesn’t let ample light shine through. A regular size window enhances natural lighting and makes the small room feel more open and airy. This is especially so when the light reflects against the mirror.

A window also means you can cut back on electric use since you won’t need to flip on the light switch during daylight hours.

A window also means an extra opening, a huge plus since no room is more prone to moisture than the bathroom. The window doubles as ventilation; it’s a sustainable alternative to using the room’s exhaust fan. Continue Reading →

Horizontal Siding Or Vertical Siding? Choosing a Style that Complements Your Home

horizontal or vertical sidingMost homes have horizontally installed siding. That’s the conventional layout and one that’s often preferred. Some homeowners, however, may opt for vertical siding just for the sake of having an atypical home exterior design. Curb appeal aside, either horizontal or vertical siding are good choices, but they have their respective pros and cons. We’ll go over the benefits and drawbacks of each.

Horizontal Siding

Horizontal siding seems to be the default option. There is a major perk by going for this conventional design. Installation is almost always cheaper, making it ideal for homeowners on a budget. It also only takes about half the time to set up compared to vertical siding.

Horizontal siding, though, is more prone to water damage. Since rain falls vertically, it is easier for the droplets to get into the gaps and cause mold and mildew growth. Owners must also pay careful attention to ensure water and cleaning solutions don’t make their way in between the slats when they’re scrubbing the panels. Continue Reading →

Window Boxes: 4 Design Ideas for Added Curb Appeal

Window BoxesWe’re not exactly in the niche of home décor. However, we have seen clients adorn their new windows and siding with all sorts of decorations for added aesthetics. One trend we have noticed is the addition of window boxes. Homeowners often include this after being inspired by the addition of new windows and trim.

Trendy Window Box Designs

1. Add Long Plants

Use plants that extend way below the box, perhaps even dangling all the way to the ground. This is where long plants such as ivy come in handy.

2. Choose Contrasting Plant Colors

Choose plants and flowers that contrast against the backdrop of the home. If the siding is a neutral color, such as gray, then use colorful flowers such as geraniums, pansies, violets, or any flowers containing colors of the rainbow. Likewise, if you have a bold siding color like royal blue, then go for a neutral hue for the flowers, such as lilies or miniature white roses. Continue Reading →

4 Eco-Friendly Vinyl Siding Cleaners That Are Safe for Plants And Animals

eco-friendly vinyl siding cleanerMany homes in Spokane have shrubs and other plants located next to the outer wall. Some homeowners fear using chemical-based sprays to clean the siding will harm the plants. We totally understand the concern, which is why we came up with a list of four eco-friendly vinyl siding cleaners. Some of these cleaners are brand-name products. We are merely recommending what works and are not endorsing them in any way.

Top Eco-Friendly Cleaners for Vinyl Siding

1. Vinegar

White vinegar is a mainstay ingredient in natural cleaners for siding and windows. Some people are worried that vinegar’s acidity will harm the plants. Vinegar’s acidic content is actually healthy since it naturally adjusts the pH levels of soil.

2. Simple Green

Simple Green is an all-purpose cleaner and degreaser. The product uses a non-toxic and biodegradable formula which removes even the most stubborn of stains. Continue Reading →

Should You Invest in Double-Hung Windows?

Double-Hung WindowsWhen it comes to window selection, you will need to select more than just the type of glass. You will also need to choose the style of window. Your options are diverse and include double-hung windows. This variety offers multiple benefits both on visual and functional levels.

What Is a Double Hung Window?

A double-hung window is a type of sash window. The sash window contains movable panels known as “sashes” that border the glass. The sash enables the window to slide open or tilt outward. A double-hung window variant contains two sash windows, one above the other within the frame. This differs from a single-hung style, which has a single sash window, or two windows with the top one fixed in place.

Check out this picture to see the difference between a single-hung and double-hung window, as well as how they compare to other window styles.

The Advantages of Double-Hung Windows

On average, double-hung windows cost about 10% to 20% more than single-hung. While that doesn’t seem like a whole lot, it does add up if you’re planning to replace most or every window in the home. Continue Reading →

Enhance Curb Appeal with Picture Windows

Picture WindowsAside from letting in sunlight, windows are also a major part of the interior and exterior décor of your home. One of our favorite ways to enhance the look of the home is through the installation of picture windows.

What Are Picture Windows?

Picture windows are windows without cross pieces that divide the view. They are fixed in place and cannot be opened. You can accomplish a lot with picture windows. They can be installed as a standalone feature or adjacent to your regular windows. We highly recommend the latter.

Sometimes picture windows are installed as the main window with vented windows on either side. One can also be installed above the main window and be shorter in height while having the same width. If you have vented windows side by side, then the upper picture window can extend to the width of both side vented windows.

We also routinely install picture windows just below the ceiling. Much like regular windows, they can also be tempered or tinted to create a variety of looks and styles. Continue Reading →

Should You Replace Every Window at Once?

Replacing Every Window │ Spokane │ Exteriors UnlimitedHomeowners who only need to replace one or two windows may eventually decide to replace all of them. Ultimately, it comes down to your needs and budgetary constraints. However, it can actually save you money in the long run if you replace every window at once.

The Benefits

Some window installers provide a bulk discount if you replace multiple windows at the same time. Another benefit is that you will maintain visual consistency and integrity. It doesn’t do the curb appeal any favors if you have mismatched windows.

Alternative Strategies

Of course, not every homeowner can replace all the windows at once. If this is the case, then we suggest making replacements based on priority. If, for example, you have a living room window that’s not opening and closing properly, then replace that window and all others in that particular room. The windows in other areas, like the kitchen and bedrooms, can wait.

You can also opt to replace all the windows on one side of a wall. Unless there’s a specific window that needs immediate replacement, we recommend giving priority to all the windows facing the front of the home. Continue Reading →

Common Fiber Cement Siding Problems

Fiber Cement SidingEvery type of siding has its respective pros and cons. Fiber cement siding is no exception. While this variety is known for its ability to withstand high temperatures and salty air, it is not without its drawbacks. Fortunately, common fiber cement siding problems are quite fixable and can even be solved by the homeowners in some instances.

Gaps

Gaps may form between the planks. This is usually because the siding was too wet when installed. For the most part, if the gap is less than 1/18-inch wide, you can mask the gap by painting over the caulking using the same color as the rest of the siding. For wider gaps, though, you’ll need to bring in a professional to readjust the siding.

Cracking

Fiber cement siding isn’t resistant to physical impact and can crack if struck. Cracks often occur when the siding is installed in a newly constructed home. This is because the house has not completely settled yet on its foundation. Instead of replacing the panel entirely, most cracks can be fixed using fiber cement patch, available at your local hardware store. Simply apply the putty over the crack and smooth it out with a knife or trowel. Continue Reading →

Four Different Types of Exterior Window Shutters

Window Shutter TypesShutters have been in use around the world for centuries. They protected homes from the elements in the days when windows were a cost-prohibitive commodity. Today, shutters are a nice add-on for enhancing curb appeal. Learn about the different types of exterior window shutters and the home types each is suited for.

Louvered Window Shutters

Louvered shutters are perhaps the most common variety. They consist of overlapping uniform wood slats set within a frame. Due to their fairly generic appearance, louvered shutters are suitable for all kinds of homes. If painted a bold color, they make a great focal point against a white saltbox-style house, or a house with all-white siding. In some styles, the slats can be adjusted to let in or block incoming sunlight.

Board and Batten Shutters

As suggested in its name, these shutters are made from individual wooden boards joined together by a horizontal crosspiece. Board and batten shutters go great with cottage and farm-style homes. They also look really great on homes with curved windows. Continue Reading →