Cambria Style

Old House New Windows

Written by Laura Oakes / June, 2012

We love our charming, old homes. But along with all of that wonderful character comes the eventual need to replace windows. Tudor, Colonial or otherwise, choosing the right replacements for your home's architectural style does wonders for its historical integrity, not to mention resale value.

Photo courtesy of housesofminneapolis.com

Photo courtesy of housesofminneapolis.com

In the fashion world, it's the equivalent of wearing pantyhose with open-toed sandals. For architecture purists, there is little worse than an adorable Cape Cod or Tudor-style home that has been fitted with crank-out, casement-style windows that do not match the original designer's intentions. If your old home is crying out for replacement windows (as most do at some point), here is a quick guide to ensure it doesn’t become the next fashion “don’t”:

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Photo courtesy of frontdoor.com

Cape Cod: Typically have dormers with multi-paned, traditional double hung windows with shutters at their sides.

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Photo courtesy of frontdoor.com

Colonial: Best with small, double-hung “6 over 6” or “8 over 8” divided panes.

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Photo courtesy of architecture.about.com

Craftsman/Bungalow: Known for having many, double-hung, grid-patterned windows that allow abundant light to penetrate the home. 

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Photo courtesy of everythingglitters.wordpress.com

Prairie Style: High bands of narrow “clerestory” windows and large picture windows are common. 

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Photo courtesy of decodir.com

Spanish/Mediterranean: Characterized by small windows and arched windows.  Large doors are often topped with arched windows.

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Photo courtesy of buffaloah.com

Tudor: Usually feature tall, narrow, single or double-hung windows, often with darker trim.

One more tip—when you are researching windows, bring a photo of your home to the dealer or showroom. This will help them make the right suggestions that fit your home’s architectural style.  Happy shopping!

 

 

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