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Posted on Nov 13, 2015 by Sam Heer

It’s a Small World: The Wonders of Smaller Windows – Part 2: Getting to Know Smaller Window Types

Although not exclusive to small sizes, these window types provide great design options for smaller builds, offering big style opportunities. Familiarize yourself with options available to you and it’ll be easier for you to find the right smaller window for you and your home. Your options include:

Double Hung Windows

With sashes that slide vertically, double hung windows are the most common of the smaller window types you can choose. Thanks to a timeless design, the window type can complement a range of home styles although it is mostly used in traditional properties. Take advantage of muntin and grille choices in place and you’ll have double hung windows to specifically match your home.

Casement Windows

Pivoting on hinges, casement windows usually swing outward with the use of a hand crank, opening fully to offer great ventilation. Popular with Ranch, Prairie, and other 20th century-style homes, casements tend toward the narrower build with cottage-style or Gothic grilles for the traditional look. Forego the grilles to take advantage of unobstructed glass for a more contemporary appearance.

Picture Windows

Picture windows are perfect for framing outdoor views as they are characterized by expanses of glass. While they can go floor-to-ceiling in height, picture windows can also come in smaller profiles, letting you take advantage of the window style while addressing space constraints.

Specialty Windows

Specialty windows are typically windows that don’t conform to standard specifications, coming in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Because of their unique appearance, specialty windows work great as focal points, even in smaller sizes.

Make sure you make the most out of getting smaller windows by installing them right. Head on over to Part 3 to learn more!


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