What kind of windows have you chosen for your homes?

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Are they single leaves? Double-paned? What width and height? Double casement with or without middle sash? What are the advantages and disadvantages of these windows?

Our house will be an urban villa with exterior dimensions of 10.72x8.62 m. What kind of windows would you like for it? Visually, we like two sash windows better. But which is more practical?

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We have an urban villa with similar dimensions (8x10.5m). We did a top/bottom 2x 2 sash for the south exit, with a fixed bottom window at the top that we chose.

The advantage of a split floor-to-ceiling top window: you don't need a grille in front of it, which might not look good either.

Disadvantage: you can only open a small part of the window when you tilt it, to clean the bottom element from the outside, you either have to lean forward or reach in from below

Because of the ventilation system, we hardly open the windows anyway. There is also another window in the children's room (you can see).

In an urban villa, it is very important that the arrangement of the windows look symmetrical on the outside, otherwise it will look quite strange. It is best to go to the new building areas and look at examples, successful and not so successful.

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  • What are the dimensions of your windows?
  • The windows have a mounting width of 1.75 m at the top / bottom according to the drawing. Washing such windows is a little more difficult, but we have the Kärcher. Spray once, wait 2 minutes and then remove with the unit. Done. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in lots of light and look good. The advantage of an enclosed downstairs is that even small children can play here, including those overlooking the street. 
  • ps: Another common drawback: if you want to use pleated blinds, our item will be really expensive, because the width of the pleated blind determines the price (we have only one pleated blind for ~$250)
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This is purely a matter of taste. Especially if it is an urban villa, you have all the options.

Discuss this with your architect. He will recommend window facades depending on the location of the house.

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Floor-to-ceiling windows with fixed bottom glass are fine with me. However, I decided against them because, as you write, these windows are a bit difficult to clean. 

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We have on the ground floor

2 x floor depth 1.86 m (bedroom, living room)

1 x floor depth 4 m (2m+2m fixed) (living room)

2 x floor depth 1 m (living room, HWR)

1 x 3m lift-slide door (dining area)

1 x 94 parapet 1,86 m with fixed parts for sink (kitchen)

1 x 94 parapet 1 m (kitchen)

1 x 100 cm parapet 0.75 m (WC)

1 x front door with side part 1,86 (hall)

We have on the upper floor

4 x 40 sill 1,86 m with fixed parts at the bottom (children's room, office, guest)

2 x skylight (bathroom, HWR OG)

2 x parapet 0.75 in the cold roof

All 1.86 widths are double-leaf.

We are very pleased with the 40 sill heights in the upstairs – airier than normal sill heights, but more private than floor-to-ceiling (sounds silly, but hard to describe)

The 4 m in the living room makes the room very bright. 3 m lift-slide door is very practical as it can stand open without interfering (no idea if you will use this in practice later) – these are my impressions.

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We were told that a 1.20 m wide window with one sash (as triple glazing) was too heavy.

So we chose all windows and doors from 1.20 m with two sashes without central pillars

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