Large and small windows in a Yankee Barn home are a major consideration you’ll undertake early on when building a new post & beam structure. “Windows are to a building what a sculptor’s chisel is to a block of stone”. A good friend of mine told me that once. I laughed a bit and said I felt the statement might be a bit too lofty when discussing windows. Then I thought about it, and came around to his way of thinking as I finally understood his meaning. In the wrong hands, a sculptor’s chisel can be used incorrectly and the beauty within the block of stone will not be revealed. The same sentiment applies when considering window placement and style during the design phase of a Yankee Barn Home. What follows are 6 tips to keep in mind to be certain you get exactly what you’re after. Yankee Barn Homes is one of the “best of the best” in what they can do for you during the design phase, so know what you’re after and they’ll most definitely produce a work of art!
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1. Window Expense
Window are the single most expensive element in a building envelope. They should be value-engineered so you get the maximum “bang for your buck”.
2. Yankee Barn Homes Provide a Tight Seal
As a manufactured item, both large and small windows may be thought of as a product with energy efficiency priced into their cost. However, air infiltration is a large factor in the overall seal of the envelope. To that end, Yankee Barn Homes’ shop-installed windows are highly advantageous as wall and windows become one unit with a very tight seal.
3. Esthetic Considerations
4. Window and Glass Placement – Outside Corners
Whether they open or not, large and small windows placed near the outside corners of the envelope can be very dramatic, but they are a more costly option due to the reinforcement necessary (steel rods/beams) to withstand high wind conditions.
5. Kitchen Windows Considerations
When planing your Yankee Barn Home, the kitchen is a unique situation when it comes to window choice and placement. In this one room, large and small windows space is often traded against the placement and numbers of cabinets needed.
6. Window Placement – Comfort Factor
While it might not be one of the first things to come to mind when building, it should be as the comfort factor of window placement is important. There is no warmth nicer than winter sunshine from a south-facing window and there is no air fresher that that found in a well thought out cross ventilation in a post & beam home.
Tuck these 6 tips for large and small windows into your pocket when you are ready to plan your Yankee Barn home. There are so many things you’ll be thinking about over the course of this process, a list of large & small windows tips will be both a reminder and a comfort as you make your decisions. Between the tips and the staff at Yankee Barn, you’ll be very well cared for, to be sure!