What are the best kitchen windows?
Funnily enough, kitchens don’t really come with any hard and fast rules about window design. There is one general rule of thumb, however — window size.
As anyone who’s ever prepared a curry in a jumper can tell you, kitchen smells like to penetrate absorbent fabrics and stay there. And kitchens usually come with a worktop running around the room. As a result, there is usually a limit on the positioning of kitchen windows to the top half of the wall, and to the space that can be comfortably covered by a (mostly) smell-proof blind, rather than a set of fabric curtains. This still leaves plenty of room to manoeuvre, but rules out very large windows like bays and bows or floor-to-ceiling tilt and turns.
The best window for your kitchen, after these considerations, is mostly your choice. In British homes, kitchens usually sit on the ground floor, which can turn some off sash windows — however, most modern sash windows are very secure, so don’t let that put you off.
The Britannia verdict? We lean towards top or side-hung casement windows for kitchens. They’re easy to open and close and are affordable — it’s often best to leave your statement windows for other rooms.
What are the best bathroom windows?
First off, whichever kind of bathroom window you favour, it should probably have frosted glass to protect your privacy!
You can generally get a broad variety of designs of translucent glass offering varying levels of privacy, from acid-etched patterns to molten-pressed textured glass. You can also fit decorative glass — a speciality of ours! We stock a broad variety of frosted and decorative glass, which we’re always happy to discuss with potential customers.
Depending on the room, very small or very large windows can do the job and look and feel great. Many old European houses have charmingly small bathrooms with tiny windows, for example, while upmarket British homes allow owners to luxuriate in the bath beneath large frosted panes.
Based on the room’s size or design you may need to ventilate the space by opening the window, even in winter. Unfortunately, this can rule out large sash or french windows, which can give nosy neighbours a clear sightline into your bathroom! Opening larger windows may put a chill in the air during the winter months, so think on that.
Again, we probably favour a casement window in this case — although you might be interested in tilt and turn windows, which can provide privacy and plenty of ventilation.