Windows are a critical part of any home design. Without windows, you don’t have a house; you would have a big shed. Can you imagine walking into someone’s house to find there are no windows? It would likely feel more like a prison than a home. Windows are an essential part of home construction, serving several functions. Take a look at modern architectural design, and you’ll see countless window designs, from bow and bay windows to sliding glass doors. So, how many windows should a house have? Is there a minimum limit? What do the building codes say about fitting windows?
The average home should have between four to nine windows. The number of rooms in the home typically dictates how many windows are in the final design. A home with six rooms (living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, and two bedrooms) should have between eight to nine windows.
Let’s unpack the importance of choosing the correct number of windows for your new home design. We’ll look at the importance and purpose of windows in home design.
There are several reasons why homes need windows. The positioning of the windows around the house and rooms, the size of the windows, and the type of windows all play a role in optimal home design.
Let’s look at some of the functions of windows.
Windows allow sunlight to enter the home, providing natural light into living spaces like bedrooms and lounges. Windows also allow the perfect amount of natural light in workplaces like the kitchen, reducing the need for artificial lighting during the daytime.
Rooms with no daylight source feel dark and gloomy, even with artificial lighting. A windowless room creates a grim and gloomy vibe, and it’s similar to painting your bedroom walls black.
One of the biggest functions of windows is to allow residents to view their surroundings without going outside. If you have a great view, adding a bay window to the wall gives you a beautiful landscape to admire every morning.
Without it, your guests wouldn’t even know you have a wonderful view. Relaxing in the lounge, staring out of your bay or bow window at the landscape in the background is a soothing way to enjoy relaxing in your home.
Windows add an aesthetic appeal to your home. Can you imagine standing on the curb and looking at a house without windows? It would seem out-of-place and weird. Windows come in various designs and styles to complement the design theme of your home’s architecture.
Windows allow air to move freely through the home. It’s especially important to have a window in a bathroom for this reason. While many modern homes include exhaust fans in the bathroom, older homes don’t have them and rely on windows to replace the air in the bathroom.
The number of windows used in home design depends on the number of rooms in the house. The size of the room also dictates the number of windows in the room. For example, a bedroom might have one window, but the lounge may have two or three, depending on its size.
The positioning of the room concerning the sun also determines the number of windows suitable for the room design. For instance, most homes allow east-facing windows to catch the early morning sun. However, your home design might not accommodate east-facing rooms.
Let’s run through a scenario. A home with two bedrooms, a living room, two bathrooms, and a kitchen would require two windows in the lounge, one in the guest bedroom, two in the master bedroom, one in the kitchen, and bathrooms.
That equates to eight windows in total, which is within the average range. However, standards are just that – standards. There’s no building code stipulating how many windows a home must have. You can choose to add windows wherever you want. Ask an architect or window company what they think about installing windows or the types of windows you should use in your home design.
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