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Alfresco area as viewed from the kitchen window, with the gas strut awning window opened up to connect the two areas.
Image by Dale Alcock Homes

With today’s homes heavily focused on connections with the outdoors, windowless walls have almost become a thing of the past.

Providing more than just light and ventilation, feature windows are commonly used as key design elements in many new homes, filling rooms with natural light without sacrificing any space in the floor plan.

To understand the transformational power of large feature windows, New Homes sought some expert advice.

Window design to suit your lifestyle

For more than five decades, Jason Windows has forged a solid reputation in the home building sector, working with Perth’s top residential building companies.

“These days we are seeing windows being installed more to enhance the mood of the room,” Jason Windows Marketing Manager Kate Woollard said.

“For example, a fixed window in a bathroom that frames a tranquil outdoor garden will help accentuate a calming mood.”

This shower has a fixed glass window with a view to a private garden

Image by Dale Alcock Homes

Mrs Woollard said windows could benefit a home’s energy efficiency when used right.

“We are seeing windows being used for smart airflow to manage a home’s temperature,” she said.

“An example of this is when designers place a row of narrow awning or sliding windows high up, allowing the heat from a room to escape easily.”

Living room setting with high ceilings and high light windows providing cross ventillation

Image by Plunkett Homes

Servery Windows

Mrs Woollard spoke about a recent residential project Jason Windows worked on with Dale Alcock Homes.

“We developed an affordable gas strut awning window that was suitable for alfresco entertaining in new homes,” she said.

With a single nudge, the window pops upwards and outwards as if it was motorised.

“The window offers unobstructed views and allows full use of the open bench space, with the convenience of being able to entertain family and friends while still being inside preparing food and drinks,” Mrs Woollard said.

“The Jason gas strut awning window offers homeowners a cost-effective alternative to bi-fold windows and is on display at two display homes by Dale Alcock Homes – The Noosa at Aveley and The Essence at Ellenbrook.”

Gas strut awning window with breakfast bar is the perfect addition to this alfresco setting with table and chairs and established gardens

Image by Dale Alcock Homes

How to choose the right window style

Mrs Woollard said there were a few things homebuyers should consider before choosing the best window style for a room.

“The first thing to consider is how much light you want in the room,” she said. “Windows control the amount of natural light that enters your home, depending on the opening size and the orientation of the opening. For example, bedrooms with east-facing windows will capture the morning sun and be darker in the evening.”

Deciding whether practicality is more important than aesthetics was another consideration for choosing a style that suits the room.

“Awning windows are aesthetically pleasing, yet don’t offer as much airflow as a sliding window,” she said. “If airflow is important to a particular room, then a sliding window would be a more practical choice.”

Mrs Woollard said the final thing to consider was whether you wanted to take advantage of views.

If so, she said frameless windows gave unobstructed views and could open up a small space to appear larger.

First published as Benefits of Windows Plain to See in the New Homes lift-out, The Weekend West, October 5-6 2019 Edition.