The style, size and placement of windows are vital parts of a home’s architecture. Much of a home’s character and personality comes from its windows.

Selecting replacement windows that are ideal for the home’s architectural design is important to maintaining your home’s character.  Optimal window design is also essential for achieving maximum return on investment from replacement windows.

The key to selecting ideal replacement windows is to determine the style(s) that would typically be used with the home’s architectural design.  The types of homes described here are some of the more common architectural styles seen today.  Your home may fit clearly into one of these types, or be a blend of one or more. 

Traditional

Traditional homes represent a mix of many classic, simple designs that are typical of the country’s many regions. Homes fitting into the traditional category are the most common in the United States.  The following styles are often included in the traditional group: colonial, cape cod, cottage, farmhouse and salt box.

Traditional homes generally feature symmetrically spaced windows. Divided light double hung windows are most commonly found in traditional homes. Designs often feature tall and narrow double hung windows with simple grille patterns.

Contemporary/Modern

Modern architecture features clean lines and simple forms that are usually devoid of decorative trim.  Expanses of glass (window walls) are often used to expand space and light.  Casement and awning windows are widely used in contemporary architecture.  Large picture windows are often used over awing windows. 

Ranch

This style is often referred to as mid-century. Ranch architecture can take on either a contemporary or traditional feel.  Windows are often used to achieve the desired aesthetic.  Picture, casement, awning and double hung windows are used alone or in combination. Grids, when used, are simple; ribbon grids are one of the more common styles found in ranch homes. 

Craftsman/Bungalow

Craftsman bungalows are known for having an abundance of windows that let natural light flow into the home.  These homes most often have casement and double hung windows. Grilles are normally found only in the upper sash.  Craftsman bungalow homes typically feature extensive stained woodwork. Windows that match and complement the extensive woodwork enhance the beauty. 

Tudor

Tudor homes generally feature combinations of single hung, double hung and casement windows.  The windows are often tall and narrow with dark trim.  These homes often contain extensive woodwork that is enriched by matching windows.

Choosing a window that fits your home’s architectural style will enhance its beauty, feel and value. Remember to make an informed decision about how the replacement window you select will fit with your home’s architectural design.