Casement Window Design Ideas
The sash on a casement window
is hinged on the side and opens either to the left or the right
. While some casement windows (sometimes called crank-outs) are operated with a push handle, most are opened and closed with a crank handle. Because of this, casement windows are a great option in harder-to-reach areas like above kitchen counters. Casement windows can provide large, uninterrupted spans of glass and are typically considered to present a more modern or contemporary flavor. And because the locking mechanism cinches the sash tight against the frame, casements are one of the more energy efficient types of windows.
Simulate a Double Hung
If you want the look of a double hung window but prefer the operation and energy efficiency benefits of a casement, you can have your cake and crank it too. Divided lites are not an exclusive option to double hung windows—any window can be styled with a divided lite pattern to complement any architectural plan. In fact, a casement window can be made to look like a double hung by adding a simulated check rail. A check rail on a double hung window is the wider middle section of the window where the two sashes overlap. A simulated check rail is simply a wider divided lite that visually divides the top and bottom half of the opening. Adding a simulated checkrail to a casement window creates a curbside appearance virtually indistinguishable from a double hung.
Embrace Dark Colors
If you want to use dark colored windows that create a dramatic visual pop, then count yourself lucky—you now have options. Until relatively recently, window manufacturers avoided offering windows in any color darker than bronze. That’s because the sun would cause dark finishes to fade prematurely and would generate excessive heat. Even today, many vinyl windows are still vulnerable to high temperatures which can result in distortion, poor performance, and even complete failures. But improvements in finishing technologies, as well as the use of extremely stable materials like fiberglass
, has greatly expanded color options. In fact, Marvin
windows are available in black
(it doesn’t get any darker than black).
If you are after a more contemporary aesthetic, consider skipping the interior window trim. In this more modern approach, the wood casing and jamb extensions surrounding a window are replaced with drywall or plaster. If you do choose to go trimless, there are a couple things you need to consider. If the window is located in an area of a house where guests may be tempted to set a cup of coffee or cold drink on the sill, you should protect that surface with wood. Also, windows in homes located in regions that experience extremely cold winters could be subjected to condensation, where even a small amount could damage the drywall sill. If you live in a cold region and are interested in the streamlined appearance of trimless windows, you may want to invest in tripane glazed
windows. Adding an extra layer of glazing (glass) helps prevent condensation.