You know a stunning modern home when you see it. Its clean lines make it undeniably sleek, and its unique and expansive windows add dimension and flair. Contemporary homes use windows to create harmony with nature by putting natural light front and center.
Below, we break down the basics of windows for modern custom houses. Take a look to learn how to choose windows that will elevate the look of your contemporary dream home.
Let the light in
One of the hallmarks of modern homes is the use of windows to let the outside in. Your custom home builder can determine where and how sunlight will fill your home based on where you’ve chosen to build, and create a plan that lets natural light work to its advantage in order to harness energy, while being mindful of your needs and aesthetic.
A panel of larger windows (much like the style of architect Frank Lloyd Wright) can create expansive, breathtaking views of nature while adding a kind of minimalist elegance to your home. This design works well when you want to let in all the beauty that lies outside your home – whether it’s a vibrant city skyline or a gorgeous wooded yard.
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Get creative with size and shape
Today, custom home builders use plenty of windows of various sizes and shapes to let in the light. For example, a series of smaller windows, placed high on a wall near the ceiling, will optimize natural light and illuminate the room beautifully while still offering privacy.
We encourage our clients to get creative and to add windows of all sizes. Mix it up by choosing a collection of windows along one wall for a dramatic effect. Or, choose arched windows or even some that are octagon in shape. And triangular windows are an excellent choice for rooms with vaulted ceilings.
Keep it simple
In the case of modern design, less is often more. When choosing windows for your contemporary custom home, we recommend limiting them to one pane. Make sure casement windows, and especially picture windows, don’t feature muntins (the supporting bar between panes of glass) that get in the way of your home’s sleek design.
We also recommend choosing thin frames, using sleek, geometric hardware, and black or bronze framed windows to let them truly stand out.
Don’t forget about the garage door
Clopay, a Cincinnati-based garage door company, makes gorgeous contemporary garage doors crafted from glass and steel that can really compliment the look of your modern home by continuing the window and light filled look. Clopay’s Avante collection and their Modern Steel collection, for example, were designed specifically for homeowners seeking a contemporary, clean aesthetic.
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A word about window coverings
So, just how do you enjoy the benefits of modern window design while not compromising your privacy? One way is by choosing the right blinds. Contemporary homes are perfect for brushed aluminum or composite vertical blinds that can be custom fitted to your windows. In fact, many luxury modern homes feature hidden blinds that are nothing like the dated window coverings that can distract from a window’s natural beauty.
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