In our design process, to see our surrounding vista was important to us and not be blocked by walls. Our two previous homes allowed limited “see through” of the main living through window placements that allowed views to our surrounding property. We enjoyed being in one space having a three directional view. In this house also, opening the view to the outside was important. We are up on a hill and at night we see a few sparkling lights in the distances of nearby small towns that surround the horizon. Just enough to not feel we are in a black hole. Outside, the mass of stars glitter brightly since we are not close to any cities or light pollution.
In the previous house we enjoyed a view from the living room to the “front” to the neighbors pastures dotted with his cow herds, and seeing who was passing by on the country road. We seldom had “through” traffic, and usually we were watching our neighbor traveling back and forth in his tractor to tend to his coastal Bermuda grass pastures, or hauling hay to a customer. In early summer he might be out cutting and baling to provide his customers with winter hay. Late in the fall he could be tilling a pasture to replant in wheat or oats, all visible from our living room.
Our view to the “back” of that property faced north and let us enjoy our flower garden views around the French doors that opened from the living to the backyard, and beyond to the barbed wire fence that kept the grazing cows in their pasture. We allowed our neighbor to graze his cows in our pastures if he maintained the pastures. We had all 100 acres of our property set up in this way so all we had to maintain was the small acreage around our house of about 8 acres. We had installed a big nice barn and some nice fencing for our alpacas and llamas we had for several years. I also had chickens, which I miss now and will establish a new flock in the spring here at our new house.
And so, our views in this house were enhanced with window placements at side, front and back of house so we can see “through” the house when we are in the living, kitchen or dining. A high beamed ceiling also allows for great views of the hawks circling high in the sky, or ducks flying in for a landing on our pond.
We were lucky to find a great window company, Maritech, with very nice hefty windows with a price in our budget. We were able to customize the windows and they were made to our specifications and then delivered to the jobsite on time. I would have liked to watch them install the huge triangular living room windows. Everything fit perfectly and we are very pleased with the look and quality. Our window choices included single hungs, awnings, casements, and fixed. Our Craftsman inspired home required a window to reflect that same style.
In the living are two sets of windows on each side of the fireplace mulled together at the house site after delivery. The living room has a mix of fixed and casements to allow a cool breeze to flow through in spring and fall when it’s cooler.
The diner booth windows are double casements on one wall and a fixed on the other wall.
The dining area has three large fixed windows that I don’t have a good photo of yet. The kitchen windows above the sink are all fixed, except for the small end window in the pantry workspace that is a single hung out to the porch.
I like the clean look of fixed windows without screens in the way, or a crossbar in the middle of the view like single hungs.
We have appreciated the energy efficient windows in all this cold weather this winter. The sun is even more appreciated when it is shining through the windows and warming our snug home.