Every type of architecture, except the Ranch, features windows that define its identity. Whether you want to achieve historical accuracy and don’t know how to design your replacement windows, understand the details emblematic of your home’s style.
In the first part of our special blog, Renewal by Andersen® of Cape Cod wants to share the iconic window designs of popular homes in New England:
Let’s begin with our very own: the Cape Cod. Experienced window companies know Capes generally use cottage-style double-hung units. Compared with the typical double-hung, the cottage-style version has two sashes of different heights. A modern interpretation of Cape windows features casement units with a simulated double-hung, 9-over-6 grille pattern.
Cape windows usually have a forest green exterior frame with canvas trim as well as white interior colors.
Emphasizing symmetry, double-hung windows with crisscross grilles are synonymous with Georgian- and Federal-style homes. In the old days, their units have a 12-over-12 grille pattern, but 9-over-9 and 6-over-6 patterns are more common in today’s iterations. Their windows usually have grayish exterior and light interior colors.
Architecturally savvy window contractors know that Shingle-style homes look natural with double-hung windows on a 16-over-16 grille pattern. Their window frames are typically brownish paired with cream trim on the outside and wood-stained on the inside.
Like other architectural styles, Queen Anne is also big on double-hung windows. Unlike others, though, only the top sash of its units is grilled. Its unique pattern creates a large, plain square in the middle surrounded by tiny perfect squares on all sides. Their window exterior comprises a reddish frame with white trim while their interior is of stained wood.
Tudor-style homes have used different window styles over time, but the casement is the most common. Their units feature an intricate constellation of grilles, forming diamonds in the middle and triangles around the borders. Tudor windows are mostly earth-toned. They feature brown exterior colors and wood-stained interiors.
At Renewal by Andersen of Cape Cod, we push the boundaries of window replacement customization to help you hit all of your aesthetic and functional goals. We’ll further talk about our decorative options in the second part of our special blog. To schedule your free, in-home consultation in Cape Cod, MA, and discuss your project in person, call us today at (508) 205-1200.