Written by Laura Oakes / June, 2012
In the fashion world, it's the equivalent of wearing pantyhose with open-toed sandals. For architecture purists, there is little worse than an adorable Cape Cod or Tudor-style home that has been fitted with crank-out, casement-style windows that do not match the original designer's intentions. If your old home is crying out for replacement windows (as most do at some point), here is a quick guide to ensure it doesn’t become the next fashion “don’t”:
Cape Cod: Typically have dormers with multi-paned, traditional double hung windows with shutters at their sides.
Colonial: Best with small, double-hung “6 over 6” or “8 over 8” divided panes.
Craftsman/Bungalow: Known for having many, double-hung, grid-patterned windows that allow abundant light to penetrate the home.
Prairie Style: High bands of narrow “clerestory” windows and large picture windows are common.
Spanish/Mediterranean: Characterized by small windows and arched windows. Large doors are often topped with arched windows.
Tudor: Usually feature tall, narrow, single or double-hung windows, often with darker trim.
One more tip—when you are researching windows, bring a photo of your home to the dealer or showroom. This will help them make the right suggestions that fit your home’s architectural style. Happy shopping!