Double Hung Windows – the new replacement

We all know new windows can help with your energy bills, but when it comes time to replace them, what to choose?  There are several different types of windows. Traditionally, most windows were side-hinged windows, referred to as casements, and sliding sash windows. New opening mechanisms such as friction and pivot hinges are increasingly popular and available in double hung windows.

So,why choose double hung windows? Cleaning. Double hung windows are much easier to clean than windows based on a spiral or string system, because they won’t allow the sash to drop out when you are cleaning them. They also tilt in a way that uses a flush fitting tilt release which is more attractive than the older screwed in tilt release systems. This system works well for two story homes and enables you to clean your windows from the inside.

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You may find that choosing a quality window is difficult because of the overwhelming number of options. So where to start?  We suggest picking a window that comes with a solid warranty offered by a quality manufacturer.  Besides your budget, this is an important factor in your decision making, since your windows should last decades.  Also to consider is the material you choose: vinyl, wood, aluminum and composite materials are all available in our area. And after you’ve made your decision, we suggest hiring a professional to install them – nothing worse than spending your hard earned money on new windows and then not have them installed properly.

Remember, window materials, shapes, and sizes vary considerably, as does terminology, so you should read your manufacturer’s literature carefully. Replacement windows for older homes often need to be custom-built to your requirements, which is also something to consider.

Windows are a large investment and if you pick wisely you can save money over the long run by improving your energy efficiency. In order to save money in the future you may be wise to spend a little more on your windows now…

Need help choosing and installing your windows – we’re here to help. Give us a call, 608-241-9009, and we’d be happy to get started on updating the windows on your home.

Open Or Closed Kitchen, Which Option Is Best For You?

For years the kitchen was just a workplace, sometimes tucked in the back of the home and always closed off.  Heck, Thomas Edison’s winter home in Fort Myers, Florida, has an entirely separate building just for the kitchen. Rumor has it that Edison hated the smell of cooking food.

But then around the 1980’s trends began to change. Rooms began to flow together and the kitchen became part of the living space or great room.  This created a feeling of much larger space and usually increased natural light.

Lately there has been a trend of returning to the closed kitchen, but not the same as yesteryear’s.  A closed kitchen does not have to feel cramped. There are many ways to achieve a closed area using pocket doors or half walls.  But which design is right for you?  Here are a few pros for closed and open kitchen concepts:

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Advantages of a Closed Kitchen:

  • Odors: cooking odors are confined to the kitchen.
  • Space: more walls equals more cabinet space, more counter-tops and more room for appliances.
  • Appearance: messes, such as dirty dishes, are hidden from view.
  • Privacy: people are not inclined as much to enter the kitchen and disturb the cook.
  • Formal: with a closed kitchen there usually is a formal dining room, more traditional for dinner guests.

 

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Advantages of an Open Kitchen:

  • Natural Light: when you remove interior walls it allows for more sunlight from windows to enter the entire home.
  • Monitoring Kids: great rooms allow parents to cook and do other items while still keeping an eye on the kids.
  • Part of the Action: when entertaining, the cook can be involved and converse with others while preparing food,
  • Larger Feeling: when the walls come down, space is increased.
  • Resale Value: most new home buyers are looking for enough space.  Combining the kitchen, living and dining rooms will do just that.

So which layout is best for you?  Is your current floor plan working, if not maybe a change to an open or closed kitchen is just what you need.  Or possibly somewhere in the middle using pocket doors or partial walls. Adams Design Construction, Ltd can help you decide, we’ve been doing this for years. Give us a call:  608-241-9009.