|If you spend a considerable amount of quality time working on the plan of your home, you will realise that you can have a say in the position of the windows of your home, even if you are getting a flat built, says Radha Prathi.
If you are building a new home or renovating an old one, you will certainly be looking out for areas where you can cut the costs without really hampering the aesthetics or the security factors around your home. While your architect or contractor can advise you on the costs involved in terms of the present market rate, there are a few aspects on which you can work on by yourselves.
For instance, if you spend a considerable amount of quality time working on the plan of your home, you will realise that you can have a say in the position of the windows of your home, even if you are getting a flat built. Thereby you can cut out on the electricity costs on lights, fans and air conditioners in the long run.
Doors and windows are actually wall area with an open and shut facility, to let in the natural air and light into your premises without compromising on the security.
Try to have as many windows as possible with a distance of about three to four feet between each of them on each of your exterior walls so that they reinforce the strength of the building.
Once you have decided the spots that have been chosen for fixing windows, make sure that you keep practical realities like day- to-day maintenance and security in mind besides the cost factor.
You can avoid the use of conventional wooden frames and opt for corrugated or steel frames for your windows. Sliding doors can also be avoided as far as possible as it can be very cumbersome to clean up the metal tracks thoroughly. Though French windows compliment large houses, people going in for more modest homes can go for regular windows.
While choosing a metal grill for your windows make sure that they are strong and have a heavy gauge. The design of the grill should not consist of very huge motifs or very small ones either as the former facilitates strangers or thieves to put their hand in to fish out the things that you may have left on your window sill, while the latter option can result in the collection of dust at the crevices which will eventually pose to be a challenge whenever you clean them up or repaint them.
When fixing the doors for your windows, sliding or the opening variety, frosted glass with a thick gauge will prove to be the best for windows on the ground floors and plain glass for higher floors. Instead of going in for long windows it is advisable to go for windows with a divide in the central region. Then you can keep just the top halves open to let in the light and air while the lower half lets in only the light.
It will be a matter of convenience when you place windows along the main door to help you see your visitors before you open your doors for them.
Even as you fix the windows make provisions so that you can use mosquito nets or meshed windows either on the exterior or the interior depending on your convenience. While fixing pelmets over the windows fix two sets of rods. This will accommodate the curtain and also a transparent sheer that you can draw according to your whim.
Though all of us would like to have a small window garden, the truth is most of us do not maintain them in the long run, moreover these cement holders weaken the walls. Yet if you have green fingers, fix a plastic or wrought iron rod around the window on the external wall and trail a creeper that either grows off the ground or on a pot placed on the ground. The creeper will not only give an exotic look to your window but will also add beauty to your home.
Though window shades have been relinquished to a bygone era, a bright roll on polyvinyl canopy over your windows will not only brighten the place but will also act as a sunshade and prevent rain from slashing right on to your precious carpet.
The window sills on either side of the walls tend to get dirtier than any other portion of the house because we tend to place knick knacks indiscriminately on them. This problem can be overcome by fixing a thin stone top on the sills in a matching or contrasting shade of marble or Cuddapah stone, which can be wiped or washed clean from time to time.
As you can see, a little homework in this aspect can not only help you to have a well lit and well ventilated home but will also reduce your costs to a considerable extent. Even the people who are very particular about the Vaastu of their homes can experiment with this idea keeping the parameters of their belief in mind.