Connecting with nature can be an essential part of a person’s well-being. Research has shown that enjoying views from windows can offer a myriad of benefits for mental, emotional and physical health.
In our PNW winters where it gets dark in the afternoon, people often find themselves distanced from the natural world. One innovative way to bridge this gap is by adding or enlarging windows in homes, offices and other built environments. This simple architectural modification can have profound effects on individuals by fostering a deeper connection with nature and promoting a sense of tranquility.
Here are some options that will bring more natural light into your home for better views of nature, along with other benefits that include potentially reduced energy costs and added beauty to your indoor space:
Bay or bow windows. If you have standard windows, consider replacing them with a bay or bow window. These types of windows better extend out into your garden or front yard by bringing in more sunlight while expanding your space. Bay windows can offer a sense of openness without sacrificing energy efficiency and security.
Picture windows. If a bay or bow window doesn’t suit your home, an excellent way to enhance the natural light in your house is to add a new picture window. Picture windows can make a room look larger, and they let in natural light.
Corner windows. Another great way to introduce natural light into your house is via a corner window. This type of window is an ideal choice for homes that are surrounded by trees, flower gardens or a water view.
Glass doors. Improve your connection to nature by changing a traditional entry or patio door to a glass door. Most modern designs come with various types of glass options for privacy (think integrated shades).
Roof windows. Roof windows—outward opening windows incorporated as part of a roof—can offer homeowners a unique way to add brightness and airflow to a second-story room.
In so many ways, windows can be transformational. If you’re considering enlarging or adding new windows or remodeling your home in Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden or elsewhere in Whatcom County, give Hudson Remodeling a call to discuss the options.