Stunning Windows That Maximize Views

by Rachel Lyon, Editorial Director for Direct from the Designers™

Are you looking to flood your interior with natural light? Perhaps your lot has some views you don’t want to lose behind walls? Well, you’re in luck—you can outfit your home with very large windows and other innovative solutions that weren’t available in years past! Take a look at some of the possibilities, and bring up your ideas with a house plan advisor or your builder early on to ensure you love the final results when you build.

Marvin Elevate Double Hung

Like a more traditional look? Consider something like this series of Marvin Elevate™ Double Hung windows, which features a 4-over-1 lite pattern for a more rustic feel on top, and clearer lake views on the bottom. The wood interiors can be stained or painted to suit your style!

Windows in Series

While modern architecture is known and loved for including walls of windows, it can be difficult to employ that feature in other types of homes. Some people don’t want to lose the charm of their chosen style, and others are afraid that their house might not be able to pull it off. If you want to take it to extremes, it’s important to consult with an expert to make sure your ideas are structurally supported, but you’ll find it’s actually not difficult to come up with something that fits aesthetically.

Sunrooms, nooks, bedrooms, and main living spaces are all prime places to install a series of windows. Lining them up frame-to-frame gives you a panoramic effect no matter the type of windows you choose. Single-sash options are preferred for contemporary homes, but it also works with double hung windows and those with divided lites; this helps preserve the look of traditional homes while providing a view-capturing arrangement that they wouldn’t traditionally have. As always, consider the size of the windows and different divided lite patterns to decide what works best for your house and your views. And if you have a lot of vertical wall space, don’t be afraid to fill it with some picture or other windows, too!

Marvin Essential Casement

To help maximize great natural light and sights, the staircase in this beach home was outfitted with Marvin Essential™ Casement windows. Available in large sizes and offering unobstructed views, casement windows are preferred for all sorts of modern and modern fusion architecture.

Windows with the Clearest Sightlines

If you want to prioritize clear views above all else, you probably don’t want any divided lites or multi-sash windows with checkrails. Instead, look into expansive picture, casement, and specialty shape windows, which have long been the favorites for contemporary designs. They combine well with awning windows, too, if you’d like to keep some smaller operational ones in the mix for fresh air.

Consider a variety of windows to figure out what will best complement your design vision. Even if they’re the same type, there are differences between window lines that usually come down to their frames and how large they can be manufactured. So, perhaps you’d like narrower frames to maximize glass and minimize the lines between windows? Maybe a 9’ height would fit your space better than standard sizes? It’s well worth the time to compare the options!

Marvin Skycove

The Marvin Skycove is a brand-new product for 2020 that actually extends the interior to create a seat with the best view in the house. It supports more weight per square foot than a deck, comes fully assembled, can be installed in less than a day, and offers a variety of finishing options!

Windows That Extend Outside

This isn’t your grandmother’s garden window! The Marvin Skycove gives you a built-in bench that sits beyond the wall and surrounds you with windows on four sides. It adds 16 to 20 square feet of livable space, brings in tons of light, and offers a unique way to take in a sweeping view without stepping foot outside. Perhaps best of all, it doesn’t require any special engineering! The Skycove just needs a big enough opening to be added to a new home or included in a renovation. The hardy steel structure that supports the bench and windows allows it to hold 20% more weight than the average deck (60 vs. 50 pounds per square foot). Something like this might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to windows, but it could really do wonders for how you experience your home and the land around it!

Explore the myriad window and patio door options from Marvin® to complete your home! They offer a huge catalog of products to suit all sorts of designs, so you’ll find beautiful solutions whether you’re building to rustic traditional tastes or need soaring panes to make a contemporary statement. All windows and doors are designed for durability and energy efficiency; you’ll find plenty of IZ Certified products for coastal areas and glass options to tailor windows to every climate. Find a local dealer to help you select the perfect products for your needs!

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