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Old 09-17-2009, 01:13 AM   #1
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I'm installing some fixed windows facing my mountain view and have some sizing decisions to make. Given the tall wall I have 10.5' of potential window height to work with, starting about a foot off the floor (to keep the break above eye level). The tallest cheap size I can get is 6' and I'm going with a 4' width. I want to make the lower ones as big as possible, again to keep the break above eye level. My decision is this: for the upper windows, should I max out the size and go with 4.5', or go for the perfect square and stick with 4'? The 4' ones would be very slightly cheaper and easier to install. I could raise the windows by the 6" difference if I went with the smaller ones. Since you can't see with your knees I think that would make sense. There would be two banks of 3 windows units (3 small above 3 big) and one larger bank of 5 (5 small above 5 big). The rooms in question are of an open floor plan design about 30' deep so you'll be a fair bit back from the windows a lot of the time. Thanks for any input.

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Big windows are GREAT if you have a good view which it sounds like you do. The bigger the window the more people will like it when they see it. Nobody ever said they loved a house because there is a single 12" window to see the landscape.

As far as efficiency goes. Between double pane windows and thermal curtains you should be fine.

I am a little biased by my own tastes tho. I feel that a house should have an open floor plan and that the best view of the house should be to the back with no wall, all glass down the entire stretch.
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:50 AM   #3
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There's only a 5% area difference between the two options. It really comes down to whether or not an almost, but not quite, square window looks a little odd. I would call the view good but not great (often it looks exactly like a polar bear in a snowstorm). I was going to install thermal shutters, but since I'm selling as soon as I'm done that feature has been cut. The view overlooks a state forest, so short of hikers with binoculars it's pretty private. Sometimes in the winter I look at the ski mountain (poking up on the right) with my telescope just for fun.

Having had a few hours to mull it over, I'm leaning towards the smaller size, since it raises the break further above eye level as well as being a little cheaper and easier.

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If it raises the break to go smaller do it. That'd be pretty annoying.
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I was going to install thermal shutters, but since I'm selling as soon as I'm done that feature has been cut.

If you are doing this for a sale go for the cheapest option or the one a realtor suggests.

Spend the money on your own place.

Great view by the way.

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Old 09-18-2009, 03:42 AM   #6
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What direction is the view? If its north definitely smaller windows.
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