Kitchen Windows

Written by Norene Anderson
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There are some simple guidelines for replacing or designing kitchen windows. They must be high enough from the floor to allow a few inches above the base cabinet level if they are in the cabinet area. If they are on a wall with no other installations, they can be full length if desired. One general rule of thumb that is practiced by most designers is to line up the top of the window with the height of the door.

A great service provided by kitchen windows is ventilation. The placement of kitchen windows should provide for pleasant flow-through ventilation of fresh air. The shape of the window is as important as the location. If more light is needed, a large window will offer more light than several small ones. In addition, a tall window is better than a wide, short one for disbursing light deep into the room

Kitchen Windows for Light

Kitchen windows should be placed with consideration of the location of the sun. Homes in colder climates need more windows on the south to capture the energy from the sun. If heat is a problem, large windows should be on the north to lower the demand on the air conditioner. The windows should provide a balanced look from the outside. Before making any changes, evaluate the overall appearance.

There is one other thing that is important to remember. Building codes should be strictly adhered to if in effect for your location. Some require a certain size of window in each room to allow for escape in case of fire. The professionals in your area will know if there are any restrictions or guidelines to incorporate into your remodeling project.

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