How to Choose the Best Windows For Your Bathroom

Something as simple as upgrading your bathroom windows can dramatically improve the look and feel of the room. New windows can offer added natural light, a better view, or general style update. If you’re not sure where to begin when it comes to shopping for new windows, here are some tips from our experts to help you get started.

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ESTABLISH A FOCAL POINT

You can improve both the look and functionality of your bathroom by installing the right windows and establishing a focal point. With proper treatment, you can enjoy just the right amount of light and privacy in your room. The window styles listed below can easily transform your bathroom. See photos for further inspiration.

bathroom window treatment

FLOOR-TO-CEILING WINDOWS

If you have space and the view, don’t waste it with regular-sized windows. Floor-to-ceiling windows let you enjoy the view while having a relaxing bath or make you feel like you’re showering in nature. You can partially cover these windows if privacy is a concern.

Floor-to-ceiling windows will also give the illusion of a bigger space. With all the sunlight pouring in, you’ll also benefit from a more relaxing atmosphere. Large, beautifully designed windows can serve as a highlight of your bathroom.

If you’re not sure how a floor-to-ceiling window will look in your bathroom, our experts can help you visualize this final window look with our Home Visualizer tool that allows you to try on styles before buying.

floor-to-ceiling bathroom windows

floor-to-ceiling bathroom windows

floor-to-ceiling bathroom windows

WINDOW BY A BATHTUB

Okay, this one isn’t necessarily a window style, but strategically placing a window by a bathtub, or upgrading a window you may already have on that wall will do wonders for your bathroom! This will also become a good focal point. You can dress the window with beautiful drapery for privacy and added flair.

Whichever window style you choose here, it’ll allow you to maximize your sunlight or experience a bubble bath under the stars. Now that’s some good “me time”.

window by your bathtub

window near bathtub

windows near bathtub

BAY WINDOW

On another note, if you have a smaller bathroom but you’d like to bring in more light or make the room appear bigger, consider a bay window. A bay window would be perfect in a small bathroom because it protrudes out of the wall literally giving the bathroom more space. The shelf/nook that comes with having a bay window will also provide needed shelf/storage space.

bathroom bay windowphoto source: lynnchalk.com

SKYLIGHT WINDOWS

If privacy is a bigger concern but you’d still like to bring in more natural light consider a skylight window. Obviously, the bathroom would need to be on the top level of your home, but a skylight window can brighten up the room beautifully regardless of the size of your bathroom.

If you place the skylight right above the bathtub and hang some fresh eucalyptus from the shower head, it’ll make you feel like you’re peacefully in nature.

bathroom skylight window

If you would like to know more about our bathroom window options or windows for any other room in your home, call today to schedule your free appointment at 630-280-2748 or contact us HERE.

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How to Upgrade Your Home’s Exterior For Ultimate Curb Appeal

If you want your home’s exterior to have ultimate curb appeal, there are plenty of ways to go about it. Your home’s curb appeal makes a big impact on visitors, neighbors, potential buyers, and the entire block in general. An upgrade to your home’s exterior can also significantly increase the value of your home.

NEXT Door & Window can help you do just that by replacing your old and drafty windows, as well as upgrading your front door to give your guests and any passerby a great first impression.

Upgrade Your Home's Curb Appeal

UPGRADE YOUR WINDOWS

We offer quality windows that will add character to your home. They come in a wide range of designs, colors, and hardware to match your home’s unique style.

Our windows feature insulated glass that can reduce water spots when exposed to sunlight, ensuring a clear outdoor view. They are also energy-efficient to help reduce your energy bills. The frames they come with are also strong and will last for many years.

To make the most of your windows, your design should reflect the architectural style of your home. If you’re living in a traditional Tudor-style home, modern windows that run from floor to ceiling may look awkward.

Look for a style that works well with your architecture, like windows with classic diamond-shaped mullions. Your Design and Energy expert will help guide you through the process of upgrading your window space. 

The beauty of choosing custom windows is that whatever your vision is for your home, we can help create it. You can upgrade specialty shaped windows, add grilles, or change an entire wall to include windows that weren’t there before.

Best part? Our experts can help you visualize this final window look with our Home Visualizer tool that allows you to try on styles before buying.

upgraded home windows

upgraded home windows

UPGRADE YOUR DOORS

Aside from windows, NEXT Door & Window has an array of custom entry doors that can add charm to your home. When choosing a style, it’s best to consult local experts, such as NEXT Door. Like our windows, our doors also come in a variety of styles, colors, and materials.

We have Heritage Fiberglass that offers the classic look of wood grain or smooth-colored finish. We also have Signet Fiberglass that sports an authentic wood look, giving your home that natural appeal. They also feature high-definition panel profiles that create shadow lines and unique panel designs. Or maybe you just want to add a burst of color to your exterior, and a bold front door can help you achieve that.

As mentioned, all of our doors come with customizable features such as screen options, hardware choices, decorative glass offerings, and different stain colors to ensure seamless integration with the existing exterior. And, just like with windows, our Home Visualizer tool allows you to try on door styles before buying.

new entry door

upgraded home's front door

new front door

NEXT Door & Window can help you breathe new life into your home’s exterior. We are currently offering virtual or in-home appointments with our Design and Energy experts to get your projects started ASAP. Schedule yours today.

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How To Upgrade Your Home's Exterior For Ultimate Curb Appeal 

4 Key Reasons You Should Replace Your Windows This Summer

Summer is just around the corner and with it comes sweltering heat, blasted air conditioners, and/or more opened windows. Damaged, broken, or inefficient windows are known to cause discomfort as well as higher energy bills.

Maintaining your home’s windows can help ensure that it remains cozy and functional despite harsh climate conditions. Today we are sharing 4 key reasons you should replace your windows this summer.

1. THE WINDOWS ARE DAMAGED

Windows are some of the most used structures in your home. This constant use, however, can lead to deterioration. Don’t ignore that small crack or broken seal on your window. And, don’t try to fix it yourself. Remember that applying a quick fix to your window does not guarantee a permanent solution to the problem.

Things to look for when inspecting your windows:

  • rotted frames
    • failed caulking
    • cracked glass

Always remember that it is best to invest in an effective long-term solution before small window problems get out of hand.

2. THE WINDOWS ARE INEFFICIENT

It’s always a good idea to keep track of your windows to ensure that the shifting seasons don’t catch you off guard. When you have a broken or inefficient window, it would be hard for it to filter the heat coming from outside, especially during the scorching summer season. So instead of being comfortable and feeling protected inside your home, you end up feeling hot and sticky because of your busted window.

Before you lose your cool literally and figuratively, it’s better to replace that old window of yours with a new one. At Next Door & Window, we offer high-quality replacement windows from some of the most trusted names in the industry. We make sure your new windows are installed correctly and sealed tightly to keep the unwanted heat out for good.

3. YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM A HUGE ELECTRICITY BILL

As mentioned, air leaks or drafts can cause discomfort in your home, causing you to overwork your HVAC units. They will significantly drive up your energy costs. They usually come from small cracks, gaps, and crevices found in old and deteriorated windows and doors.

If you are having trouble with your windows, have a professional contractor inspect them now. You may not notice it easily, but an inefficient window that fails to regulate temperatures inside your home can cause you hefty cooling (and heating) bills.

If you don’t want to spend a ton of money on cooling (or heating), make sure to replace any old or damaged windows with energy-efficient ones. Each window unit from Next Door and Window is given an air and watertight seal. We use an ingenious combination of rubber membrane, specialized sealants, insulating foam, and exterior cladding to ensure maximum protection from the elements.

4. POSTPONING CAN COST MORE IN THE LONG RUN

Say you’ve noticed that your windows are leaking and in need of an upgrade, then postponing that can create permanent damage, which in turn can bring on major costs. But what if the damage isn’t an obvious leak or another easy tell? We know that sometimes it can be hard to see where your window stands and what exactly it needs.

If assessing the damage is too difficult, call-in window experts to give an assessment. And if a new window is needed, our experts can also help you choose window designs that will blend with your home’s architectural style and decor. Plus, they can help you visualize this final window look with our Home Visualizer tool that allows you to try on styles before buying.

If you’re ready to replace your windows this summer, our experts are here and ready to help. We have years of experience and extensive training to make sure that the products we install in your home perform well. If you’re wondering how the remodeling process works, you can read this post here. Call today to schedule your free appointment at 630-280-2748 or contact us HERE.

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Home Office Window Ideas

With this unexpected shift in our routines, many of us are now working from home daily. It can be hard for some to stay inspired when working from home, but we believe that the space you create around you can help greatly.

Who can agree that it’s hard to get your job done in a dark, uninspiring room? That’s why we love the idea of creating a home office space around natural light and beautiful views (if available). Natural vitamin D helps boost your productivity so let’s find ways to open up those walls.

Below you’ll find at-home office styles that’ll inspire your space so you can bring these ideas to your Design and Energy expert. Whether you already had an at-home office or you just created one on a whim last month, these are some of the windows that will open up the room, fill your home with bright energy, and ultimately help keep you on track.

Home Office Window Ideas

Casement and Double-hung windows are some of the classic choices for home offices. Casement windows are available in larger sizes to allow for plenty of sunlight and fresh air. When natural light fills the room, it generates gorgeous energy that makes the room feel fresher and the colors seem brighter. It also makes the room more comfortable which is vital to staying focused.

Double-hung windows can follow a more traditional style that operates vertically and open freely for easy use and fresh air at various levels. As mentioned, double-hung windows are classic and a fantastic choice if you’re looking for superior strength, simplified design, and a practically maintenance-free window. Which if you’re working from home now, or take your work home often, window upkeep is not something you want on your to-do list.

A little tip: If you’re starting to lose focus in your home office, sometimes a change in scenery can help get you back on track. If you have a back yard and the sun is shining, get out there for some direct vitamin D that can boost your mood, your immune system, and your productivity.

If you don’t have that extra land, bigger windows can do magic. Move over to a living space that inspires you and cozy up to finish your projects. You’d be surprised how much a brighter, more cheerful area can improve your focus.

Lastly, we want to mention Awning windows. Awning windows are hinged at the top of the frame and swing outward with a crank or push out operation. They are great for hard to reach areas and ideal for bringing in the breeze even in wet weather. Awning windows are also great to group with other windows like casements and double-hung to allow even more sunlight into your home office or workspace.

Your Design and Energy expert will help guide you through the process of expanding your window space. You will also be able to see a mock-up of the final look with our Home Visualizer tool that allows you to try on styles before buying.

If you’re noticing that some window (or door) upgrades are needed as you clock in your hours, we’re here to help! We are currently offering virtual or in-home appointments with our Design and Energy experts to get your projects started ASAP. Schedule yours today.

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3 Best Windows for Your Bedroom

Imagine waking up and the first thing to greet you are the warm rays of the sun through your beautiful new windows. Windows that open up your bedroom to make it feel bigger, and bring in the light to make it feel warmer and brighter, yet are energy-efficient to help you save money on your energy bill. No wonder you’re sleeping better!

At Next Door and Window, we have the perfect windows for your bedroom to offer all of this and more.

With several types to choose from, you can mix and match windows that will transform your bedroom, while providing the comfort you need. They can also seamlessly connect your bedroom to the great outdoors as they provide an inspiring, unobstructed view.

Below we are sharing the 3 best windows for your bedroom that offer valuable benefits:

1. DOUBLE-HUNG WINDOWS

Double-hung windows are a classic style that will fit perfectly in your bedroom. This type of window helps improve ventilation as it opens halfway upward, and also promotes safety while remaining open by leaving it in “vent mode”. Vent mode allows you to lock your double-hung windows into place while they are opened slightly so that your home can safely benefit from refreshing outdoor air even when you are at work or running errands.

Since double-hung windows open vertically, they are ideal for rooms that face high-traffic areas. Looking for more privacy or better views? Double-hung windows can offer the best of both worlds depending on your needs. These types of windows do not offer as much light as other window types, but it counterbalances that with better privacy.

If you’re not too hot on privacy anyway, a whole row of these windows can make for amazing views. Whichever you choose, Next Door & Window will provide a tailored experience that guarantees peace of mind.

Double-Hung Windows for your bedroom at Next Door & Window in Illinois Double-Hung Windows for your bedroom at Next Door & Window in Illinois Double-Hung Windows for your bedroom at Next Door & Window in Illinois

2. BOW OR BAY WINDOWS

With bow or bay windows, you can enjoy an expansive view of the outdoors while giving the illusion of a bigger space. Ideal for small bedrooms, bow or bay windows provides extra room that you can use for other functions such as a window seat or a mini-office.

You may normally see bow or bay windows in a kitchen or living room, but if you think outside the box, they can create a little sitting nook right in your bedroom! This is perfect for those mornings when you want to pause for a bit, sit and reflect in the comfort of your own space. Plus, we take the guesswork out of the final look with our Home Visualizer tool that allows you to try on styles before buying.

These two window styles also allow you to set your own window configuration to meet your style and needs. For instance, you can include casement windows for better air ventilation or picture windows for energy efficiency. Whatever you go with, bow or bay windows can greatly open up your room, bring in the beautiful sunlight, allow for better views, and create a more functional bedroom.

Bow or Bay Windows for your Bedroom at Next Door & Window in Illinois
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Bow or Bay Windows for your Bedroom at Next Door & Window in Illinois
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Bow or Bay Windows for your Bedroom at Next Door & Window in Illinois
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Read More: Transform Your Home with Bow or Bay Windows

3. CASEMENT WINDOWS

Well-known for their versatility, casement windows offer the best energy efficiency for your bedroom. Due to the airtight seal between the window sash and frame that is created during installation, casement windows offer superior energy efficiency compared to other window styles. This will help lower your bills, keep you cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. Being the perfect temperature is key to a good night’s rest.

You can easily swing casement windows outward or inward to let the fresh breeze in and flood your room with natural daylight. To top it off, they’re easy to clean and fully customizable to meet your needs. Choose between round-top, push-out, in-swing designs, plus add a specific grille for an enhanced aesthetic. You dream it and we’ll help create it with the support of our Design and Energy experts.

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We carry a whole range of window styles and some of the best single-name brands in the business, including Marvin, Infinity, Sunrise, and Integrity. When you call on us, we give you nothing but the quality you can rely on. Contact us here and we’ll help you pick out the best options.

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