Slimmer than before?
Then you’re not alone.
Many Americans are now living in homes with sliding windows, where their views are obscured by the soft surfaces and thin walls of their homes.
They’re also finding that some windows are slimmer than others.
It all starts with the size of the house.
Today’s slimmer windows have become a new norm, says Jennifer Henneman, who teaches home design at University of Pennsylvania.
“Most of our windows are more than 20 inches, which is a little smaller than a deck of cards,” she says.
“It’s a little more comfortable, but it’s not quite as tall.
It’s less spacious, and it’s less open, which makes it feel a little less welcoming.”
Even the width of a window can be a factor.
A typical 2-1/2-foot-wide window is typically much too wide to fit into a typical two- or three-story home.
Hennmann says many of her students are choosing to buy a new, wider window.
“I see that many of them are trying to get a larger window that’s closer to their living room,” she explains.
“They’re not quite sure how to do that.”
This is especially true for people with mobility issues, such as seniors or those with limited mobility.
Henna, who studies design for a living, is one of those people.
“A lot of my students are just trying to find a better way to get into their house,” she notes.
Hernan is a native of the Philippines who has lived in the U.S. for a number of years.
“For many people, it’s a really big deal to be able to see what’s outside their window,” she adds.
“We’re not used to seeing it from that angle.”
The most recent survey from the American Institute of Architects found that 62 percent of homeowners surveyed had purchased an “ideal” window with a “full width,” or more than a quarter of them said they had.
In comparison, only 25 percent of people surveyed in a previous survey said they wanted a window with an “equal width” and 23 percent said they want a window that was only half a foot wide.
“When you think about it, it means you have to look farther into your home,” Hennan says.
Hina, who has a degree in architectural history, says her family moved into a house in the suburbs of Boston a few years ago.
“You can see a lot of the windows that I know of from my windows that are less than five feet wide,” she remembers.
“If I have a smaller window, I’m not sure I can see everything.
I’m just really focused on that one window.”
As a result, Henna and Hennman have found that a slicker window is often better than a more expensive, more expensive one, or a window they would not have been able to afford.
“As you look at the size, you’re kind of like a mini-vacuum cleaner,” Henna says.
Some windows are also more aesthetically pleasing than others, but not necessarily more aesthetical.
“There’s something to be said for looking at a room and having it look less imposing and more spacious,” Hina says.
But for Hennani, the biggest difference is the space.
“The smaller window you’re going to have, you can actually really expand the room,” Herna says.
This allows for more open space and a more open feeling.
“Your view is actually more open,” she suggests.
“Now you have more room to look at things from.”
With a wider window, a room can feel a lot smaller and less spacious.
“One of the things that I really like about sliding windows is that it can create a more spacious, more spacious living space,” Hene says.
That’s one of the reasons she bought a sliding window for her home.
“Sliding windows are a great addition to any house,” Hens says.
And they’re more affordable than a larger, more costly window.
Hens, who is currently working on her master’s degree in architecture at the University of Maryland, says she hopes to expand her windowing portfolio and create a design studio.
“This is one more way that we can get into the interior design industry,” she continues.
Hien has her sights set on creating a home that will be her “dream home.”
She’s looking forward to spending time with her husband, and even exploring the possibilities of owning a home.
For Henni, her windows are just one more part of a larger goal of creating a “more inviting home,” and of being able to offer a home to those in need.
“Just seeing my house look a little bit smaller is really exciting for me,” Hen says.