November 30, 2011


I'm hoping we'll get the building permits in the next couple of weeks (although I've been told the Ravine Protection permits take longer) so I've been thinking of ideas for some of the bigger items we'll have to decide on.  First up, windows!  This has been a bit of a problem for me since I was hoping to keep a more traditional look at the front of the house and make it modern in the back.  Transitioning is difficult.  I'm thinking the best approach is to use the same materials front and back but in a different way.  The windows, though, will have to be pretty uniform throughout. 
I have a thing for black and dark grey exterior windows.  Or maybe it's really a thing against stark white windows, I'm not sure.  I also love the look of wide open panes of glass with no break, but this makes so many of them too big to open.  Hmmm.  Here's a few that I just love....

Steven Gambrel via Canadian House and Home - love, love, love the black factory-style window but not sure about breaking up the view. 

.     love the big windows.     .                          
Examples of open, black framed windows.  Love the clear view!

myths my home sherman prospect heights home front
Aside from the bars on the windows (yikes! Imagine living like that.) here are some black windows with a traditional red brick facade.  Love it!
My fav colour combo here - black, white, grey and natural wood.

wood doors. white windows, exposed beam
Portal Design Inc.
And then again, here's another look I love -- natural wood doors with (gasp!) white windows.  But they're really good looking white windows aren't they?  I'm not keen on wood exterior windows for us (although they are super gorgeous!) because of the upkeep and cost, but the more I look at this, the more I think it's the way we should go.  Very simple with the wood doors as the stand-out feature.

Coates Design Architects
Here is a charcoal grey exterior window with a natural wood interior-- perfect!


  1. Glass windows are truly a fantastic sight. They add sophistication to a particular room. I personally love that white house’s glass windows. Even when you’re inside the house, you’re still able to witness the beautiful sky and all that nature outside the windows. Everyday would be a spectacular experience with a view like that.

    - Sandra Ludwig