Authenticity is an important element of traditional architecture, much of it due to the right choice in exterior elements, such as roofing, siding and residential windows. Traditional window styles can be considered unremarkable, but the right choice of windows can add sophistication and class. Let’s take a look at some of the window styles that work best in traditional homes.
Sophisticated Window Styles
Double Hung Windows
Double hung windows have barely evolved from their basic design, and have endured for centuries because of their simplicity and utility. They can be installed in rooms where out- or in-swinging windows wouldn’t fit and provide effective ventilation even as a single unit. Their sliding sash operation also provides some level of security.
Stylistically, the best thing about double hung windows is that they’ve been widely adopted into what is now considered as traditional architecture. The shape, finish and grille style defines which architectural style they belong to. American Farmhouse architecture, for instance, has a distinctive grille style named after it, offered as a standard grille style for Renewal by Andersen® replacement windows. Architectural styles like Mission Revival and Queen Anne tend to leave the lower sash undecorated while the upper sash features distinctive patterns.
Casement windows are the most energy-efficient operable window style, as they press tightly against the frame when closed. Even with modern additions like hand- or electronically-operated cranks, casement windows can be styled to elegantly fit traditional architectural styles. Craftsman Bungalow homes are typically seen with casement windows sporting Farmhouse grilles, while Tudor homes have an even more distinct diamond-pattern grille design. Prairie architecture even has an eponymous style named after it, with grilles that allow a nice view without being intrusive.
Bay and Bow Windows
Bay and bow windows are arguably the most utilitarian window style there is, given the uses one can get from the protrusion it forms. These include window seats, hidden storage and even display cases. But what can’t be argued is the grandeur and sophistication they add to the home’s exterior, as seen on homes designed after Queen Anne architecture. Bay windows perfectly complement Queen Anne gables and towers.
If you would like to know more about these or our other window styles including sliding windows, call Renewal by Andersen of Kansas City today at (913) 385-1300 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free in-home consultation with our home improvement experts. We serve Olathe and Independence, MO.