by Janet Akers
I was out walking in the neighborhood recently and saw this house down at the end of the cul-de-sac. It is a relatively new house and I was wondering who decided on the window shape and placement for a home addition? The upper level window sizes and shapes look quite awkward. The rectangular window on the right side is too small for the space. The rectangular window on the left is too high up and doesn’t work between the large lower window and the curved dormer. Lastly, the dormer is the only curved element on the entire house and looks out of place.
Contrast this with the windows on this second home. The home itself is a similar style, but it has a better arrangement of windows in terms of placement, size, and shape. I would have preferred somewhat larger windows on the lower level, but they still are large enough to visually fill the space. The window in the dormer over the garage is a little large, but the other two dormers have nice sized windows. Finally, there are several curved elements on this house. There are the two dormer windows, one on the main house and one over the garage. There is a curve in the woodwork of the entryway. Finally, the windows in the garage doors have a gentle curve. The curves add interest to the otherwise angular home, and there are enough of them so that they do not look out of place, unlike the curved dormer on the first house pictured.
Whether you are building a new home or renovating an old one, when you are looking over master suite addition floor plans or considering an over garage extension, be sure to put some thought into the window size and placement. Although it can be easy to overlook in the grand scheme of things, these details can have a major impact on the look of your finished home.