Your Bay Area kitchen remodeling project both thrills and scares you.
On the one hand, you’ve been dying to remodel your kitchen for a while. You know that a more functional, beautiful space will provide a better day-to-day experience and boost the value of your home. On the other hand, the remodeling job is big, and you have many decisions to make.
To expand your thinking about kitchen window ideas, here are 3 concepts to consider.
1. Consider both the outside AND the inside, when you window design.
Sure: consider the materials, the style, the grills, the casing, and the finishes — as well as how these elements will mesh with the rest of the kitchen’s aesthetics. But ALSO pay attention to the vista that the window will overlook. A garden or shrubbery grouping can offer a beautiful pastoral view, every time you scramble eggs or do the dishes.
Some families might prefer a wide open vista of the backyard, while others want a more closed off view that ensures privacy.
2. Consider color, natural light, and window placement.
A tint of color can illuminate your kitchen in exciting, novel ways. The positioning of the windows can determine how and when natural sunlight streams into the room. Consider how you spend your kitchen time. If your breakfast routine consists of “grab a granola bar and jump into the car” and your dinner routine consists of “relax and make a sumptuous three-course meal,” position the window to maximize evening aesthetics. For instance, line the window up with the horizon, so you can see the sunset every evening, when you’re sautéing for four.
3. Consider insulation issues.
In theory, you may love the idea of a very open kitchen with tons of windows and natural light. While the Bay Areas is certainly a temperate climate, it can get quite chilly in the winter and brutally hot during the summer. Be mindful of potential insulation issues. Too many windows/bad installation can lead to energy leaching and make the space uncomfortable. Not enough windows may make the space feel stuffy and uninviting.
Finding the right balance is an art and a science. Fortunately, you don’t have to do your East Bay kitchen remodeling job on your own. The family-owned general contractor team at B.A. Morrison can provide a thorough, free estimate as well as cool insights and remodeling ideas. Call 510.538.9817 or email us today for a free consultation.