When going through my plans, this is the last thing I wanted to think about. Yes, there's a wall there, a window there, door there etc. Yes I did think about if the window was big enough for the room and the aesthetics from the outside (I still managed to miss one window). But my brain kept wanting to stop there. Isn't a window a window??
This is another entry to prevent you from living with a big regret, or two, or three.
🌄There are many windows to choose from. Builders generally only use one provider for these, so ask who their provider is. Go on-line and check out the many options. Things to look for are mainly - AIRFLOW. I can't say this enough. I've had a few styles over the years and the current ones, while they look good, provide very little airflow. I should never have listened to the Sales Rep. Have a look in the display homes on the exact window they are discussing. Open it up, don't be afraid to sit near it and feel the breeze.
🌄Placement. Really think about airflow in the bedrooms and in the main areas, ie if the kitchen steams up can you get some air in there? Do you want a window above your bed to feel the wind at night? Are the windows big enough in the bathrooms to allow natural ventilation?
🌄Window Tinting. Every house I've built I've tinted to the darkest colour possible. This provides more privacy, but obviously also good for keeping some of the sun out. Don't be afraid, dark isn't too dark when it's installed. You will be amazed how cheap this is if you order from manufacture stage.
🌄Screens. Not all windows accommodate for screens. Not all builders provide fly screens. Think about this ahead of time. You can either order at time of your colour selection or have them installed at a later date. I opted for the later and gained quotes after the build, one didn't even know how to install a flyscreen on one of the windows! So I went with the original window manufacturer. I saved money here as the builder couldn't add in their mark up.
🌄Lining windows up on the plan is crucial. I made a change/variation later on in the planning stages and both the Rep and myself forgot to line it up with the other nearby window. This really is noticeable now I'm in the house and the blinds are on. This only happened because I raised the ceiling.
🌄Wet area windows are a fun negotiation (yes that was sarcasm). My builder just wouldn't place the window any lower in the bathroom stating because they'e had too many maintenance issues. Even though water would never hit it, it's an aluminium window frame and would be tiled all the way around.
🌄Location of windows could also dictate privacy and noise control. When planning this house I was lucky enough to already have a neighbour so I could see where their entertainment area was so I could ensure none of my windows are located near it. This also helps with the cigarette smell! You may not be able to do this, but well worth considering.
🌄Morning sun and street lights are just plainly not friendly! You could add car lights into this section too. If you're an early riser then you probably won't mind the bedroom getting really hot first thing in the morning. If you're not, you may want to reconsider your plan, your windows, insulating the walls, internal and external blinds or fast growing trees. You can tell I am not a morning person! Street lights near any bedroom is difficult, but if you get the right window furnishings (blinds/curtains) you will be able to counter this. I'll chat about this later.
🌄I've said it before, but window coverings are expensive. In the 10 years between builds the price increased SO much, I just didn't take this into account. My advice for you is to check a standard blind size in the shops and see if your windows will accommodate. Also when choosing windows think about the window opening and where the blinds or curtains will sit, ie do you want them flapping around in the wind making noise and possibly destroying them in the process?
🌄In my current home I have two fixed windows in the main areas where window fittings just won't work. It will simply destroy that open look I was going for. But that comes at an expense, my privacy. I do have tinted windows (so fine for during the day) and hubby has also built an 8 foot "ornamental" wall. There's just one window in a double storey that can see in now, but that's a small price to pay
Windows can be your friend, if you choose wisely !