Kitchen Design CT: Brighten the Sink Area with Sunrise Windows
By Blue Corona Dev Mar 24, 2014
Many kitchen sinks are located in front of a window. Windows behind kitchen sinks are desirable because they provide a view for whoever is doing the dishes, and they bring light into the whole kitchen. Kitchen windows also provide ventilation. Consider relocating the sink or adding a window behind it during your kitchen remodel. There are many types of windows to choose from and it is also important to consider the material of the window frame and the size of the window. For those who need replacement windows, consider a different type or configuration to enhance your existing kitchen design. For example, replacement bay windows are great for the sink area. We will review kitchen design considerations for windows in the sink area and our favorite styles of sunrise windows for replacement windows in CT kitchens.
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Size, Design, and Layout:
Width and Alignment: The height of your kitchen counters, ceiling, and cabinets should influence the size of the window. Another important consideration is the size of your sink. It looks best when the window configuration is as wide as, or wider than the sink(s). In terms of alignment, a good kitchen design does not necessarily require perfect symmetry. Sinks and windows can be askew if the window, or set of windows, expands beyond the sink on both sides. Bay windows, on the other hand, require perfect symmetry.
Vertical Height and Alignment: Professional kitchen design will consider the height of the window relative to the countertop and cabinets. Aligning the tops of windows with the tops of any patio doors and cabinets is a common kitchen design rule, but we don’t agree with it. Tall windows are great! Pairs or sets of tall casement windows can frame a sink or line a section of the wall. Awning windows are not as tall, but they are much wider.
CT awning windows are a good choice for windows in older CT homes that are smaller and have lower ceilings. Awning windows behind kitchen sinks can be flush with the countertop, or elevated to allow room for a backsplash. A CT kitchen design that places windows level with the counter creates a seamless transition to the outdoors. Windows that are above the kitchen sink allow for a backsplash and a discrete window sill. Windows that begin below the kitchen sink create an aesthetic more similar to sunrooms. Slightly elevated windows will stay cleaner because they won’t get splashed. Make sure there is some horizontal space between the sink hardware (faucet, handles, and soap dispensers) and the backsplash or window. If they are too close, grime will accumulate in a space that is too small to clean well. This applies to all types of sink and window configurations.
Windows behind kitchen sinks need to be resistant to water, humidity, and temperature changes. For this reason, we do not recommend wood. If you have wood windows behind your kitchen sink, check for air infiltration and mold. Chances are, you will need replacement windows. We recommend Sunrise Windows for CT custom kitchen remodeling and replacement windows. The frames combine the beauty of traditional wood with the low-maintenance and energy efficiency of vinyl. Sunrise windows offers the choice of five woodgrain finishes (Norweigian Maple, Golden Oak, Brazilian Pecan, Provencial Oak, Colonial Cherry, and English Walnut.)
We recommend operable windows for kitchens, especially in the sink area because they provide ventilation. Unfortunately, operating windows behind sinks requires some reach. If you have sliding windows (single-hung, double-hung, or horizontal sliding) behind your kitchen sink, consider replacing them with hinged windows. Hinged windows are easier to use in hard to reach areas. Further, replacing double hung windows with casement windows adds more viewing area and contributes to an open, airy kitchen design.
CT Awning Windows:
The main benefit of awning windows is that you can keep them open even on a rainy day, and they are easy to operate, even behind kitchen sinks. We recommend awning windows for a wide view behind the sink area, especially if the height between the countertop and the ceiling is limited. If you are considering CT awning windows, make sure your landscaping will allow for operation. Awning windows need to be cleaned from the outside, so you also need to be able to access them.
Casement windows are the best option for maximizing ventilation. When they are open, the pane catches wind like a sail and directs it inside. Casement windows bring more air inside than other types of windows, even if they are only opened a few inches. While this is a definite benefit on a calm day, it may also result in excessive air movement on a windy day. Another downside to having windows that open outwards is that you need open space outside. The benefits of choosing casement windows for the sink area usually outweigh the cons. Casement windows are great if you want tall windows that are easy to operate, and easy to clean.
Replacement Bay Windows:
Bay windows are ideal for kitchens that have attractive views. Other benefits are added light, and additional counter space. Bay windows from sunrise windows can project outwards at a 30‘ or 45‘ angle, depending on how much space you would like to have behind your sink. Shallower angles are more common behind sinks. The center panel of a bay window is usually fixed, and the two side panels are operable (either double-hung or casement.) Casement windows are easier to operate, but since you do not need to reach all the way over the kitchen sink to operate the side panels of a bay window configuration, double-hung windows are also an option. Bay windows from sunrise have an anti-water penetration system to protect against water and moisture damage. This is a major bonus for bay windows behind kitchen sinks.
If you are considering replacement bay windows, make sure you will be able to achieve symmetry. Some types of windows behind kitchen sinks do not need to line up perfectly, but the center panel of a bay window must be evenly aligned with the sink. For CT custom kitchen remodeling, tell your contractor if you are interested in bay windows when you start the project so that you can design accordingly.
Garden windows invite even more light into your kitchen. This type of window also provides a perfect area for growing plants, or an indoor herb garden. Even the most negligent gardeners remember to water plants when they are located directly behind the sink! Sunrise garden windows include fully operating casements for ventilation. Garden windows are great for a less invasive kitchen remodel in ct because they can fit into the existing opening, while still adding a lot of natural light and openness. For a truly green/natural kitchen design, you can also include a glass shelf at any height to accomodate extra plants.
Kitchen Remodel CT
Adding a window behind your sink is a great kitchen design trick for adding light and making the space feel more open. CT custom kitchen remodeling can involve tearing out a wall to install new windows, but you can also see major improvements with more minor renovations. Installing replacement windows in CT is one of the most common projects we are called for, especially in kitchens where moisture accelerates deterioration of the frame and surrounding wall. If you need replacement windows, consider slightly modifying your kitchen design to accomodate a new type. Our CT kitchen Design team eagerly awaits the opportinity to share ideas and answer your questions. Replacement windows are a sure way to add value to your home, not to mention comfort and cheer: