Winter is getting closer. For many Illinois residents, it means spending more time indoors until warmer weather arrives. If you’re the outdoorsy type, you’re probably dreading the thought of staying home on weekends instead of enjoying those fun outdoor activities.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a recluse for the rest of the year due to the weather. There are plenty of great ways to bring the beauty of the outdoors into our homes through our doors and windows!
These options will bring more natural light into your home, allow for much better views of nature, along with other benefits. These benefits include reduced energy costs, boost mood and health, and add beauty to your indoor space.
Here are 6 great windows and doors to bring the outdoors inside this winter.
1. Bay or Bow Windows
If you have standard windows, consider replacing them with a bay or bow window. These types of windows better extend out into your garden or front yard, bringing in more sunlight while expanding your space.
You’ll have a better view of the outdoors, as these windows offer a sense of openness without sacrificing energy efficiency and security. Our windows offer air-tight insulation so you never have to worry about the energy you DO use slipping out of your home. This is so important during all of our seasons.
2. Picture Windows
If a bay or bow window doesn’t suit your home; you can try switching to a beautiful picture window. Picture windows are large fixed windows that offer expansive views and light.
It’s an innovative product that can add comfort and energy efficiency to your home. It’s one of our favorite windows!
If you live in an area with lots of greenery or just surroundings that you’d like to take in all year-round, try adding in a picture window.
3. Specialty Windows
You can also go for a specialty window. We can design many shapes to fit your home or simply create bigger and taller windows to better show the outdoor views.
Think about a room where you may spend a good amount of time, like the kitchen. Why not open up that space and bring in more sunlight? Most kitchen backsplashes are around 18 inches high, but using taller windows can extend this standard measurement.
This way, you can make the most of your home’s viewing area and available lighting. Again, by choosing bigger windows or specialty windows you can welcome the free energy in and lower your use of electricity.
4. Corner Windows
Another great choice to bring in the outdoors is a corner window, especially if a more natural setting surrounds your home. Corner windows make the most of your outdoor views, creating a design focal point from both interior and exterior angles.
This stunning window will expand your natural view and capture light from several directions. Plus, with its clean look, it’s perfect for modern homes or minimalist design lovers.
5. Sliding Doors
Stay connected to the outside with elegant glass sliding doors. Next Door and Window offers this type of door with modern features, such as thermal efficiency, which also helps decrease your home’s energy usage.
Sliding doors can also drastically increase the natural light coming into your home and offer beautiful views of the outdoors.
When natural light fills the room, it generates gorgeous energy that makes the room feel fresher and the colors seem brighter. Plus, glass doors are a great return on investment and will cost you less than renovating an entire room.
6. Decorative Door Glass
There are many options for decorative door glass, and you can learn more about these HERE. But to maximize your views and light skip the textured glass and opt for the larger glass with the privacy rating of 1.
As always, it’s important to consider your home and the surrounding area to pick the best products for your property. If a front glass door doesn’t seem right, maybe adding it to the back entryway will be a better fit to bring in the views.
Whatever your preference and style, we have Design and Energy experts ready to take on the project! Our experts can also help you visualize this final look with our Home Visualizer tool that allows you to try on styles before buying.
As mentioned above, a huge benefit of these windows and doors (besides the views) is the amount of sunshine you’ll be letting in.
We all know that sunshine is important to increase your vitamin D levels and boost your immune system, but research has also shown that it can help boost your mood and productivity.
Natural light can also help you sleep better at night. This is especially important with the battle of the blue light we’re fighting all day with our phones and computers. With all these added benefits, it’s no question that upgrading to one of these windows or doors is the way to go.
Next Door and Window can help bring the outdoors in through stylish and energy-efficient doors and windows. We offer no hassle-no pressure appointments so schedule yours today.
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