Window design plays a key role in the style, light, ventilation and energy efficiency of your new Metricon home. Windows enhance the visual and aesthetic appeal, and integrate natural light into your living spaces, so it’s important to ensure you select the right materials and design to complement your home.
 


Window materials 

 

Aluminium

 
Advantages of aluminium windows include durability, affordability and a low-maintenance nature. Available in a range of frame designs and finishes, aluminium windows have the ability to add a contemporary elegance to your home.
 
Aluminium windows can achieve improvements in heat gain and loss, and can improve the energy efficiency of your home when utilising a double-glaze. The durability of aluminium ensures that your windows won’t be subjected to corrosion, and are therefore effective in both warm and cool climates. Plus, aluminium is an environmentally sustainable material and maintains one of the highest recycling rates of any metal – a great way to reduce your carbon footprint!
 

Timber

 
Timber windows are traditional, elegant and practical, and add warmth to any space. With the option to paint or stain timber windows, you can customise your window design to simultaneously complement the interior and exterior of your home.
 
While timber windows require a higher level of maintenance when compared with aluminium windows - which may be a contributing factor for homes in wet or coastal climates – they emanate a sense of true luxury and style, and add character to your home. 



Choosing the right window style for your home

 
Once you have selected your window materials, the next step is to select window designs that harmonise with your home. When considering window design – functionality should be the primary factor when making your decision.  Different window styles will yield varying benefits – smaller openings will provide improved security, while larger openings allow for increased ventilation and natural light. When selecting window styles; local climate, style, and room size, shape and orientation will need to be factored into the decision.
 
Round windows - Round windows add architectural interest to your home which gives nod to historical décor such as Victorian or Gothic era structures.  Round windows are often utilised as a feature in coastal homes, providing a nautical facet.
 
Picture windows – Picture windows contain no breaks or visible frames and are designed to provide an unobstructed view of your surroundings.  
 
Sash windows – Sash windows consist of one or more moveable panels arranged vertically. While the sash window was often seen in more traditional style homes, modern interpretations are growing in popularity.


 
Casement windows – Casement windows open horizontally on hinges mounted on one side. This style is useful for directing airflow into the home.
 
Awning windows
– Awning windows open from the bottom edge, while the top edged is fixed. This window style is highly popular and provides great home security.

Slider windows – Slider windows consist of side-by-side windows that move horizontally along tracks. This style was widely popular in mid-century homes – and are a great way to reference the 50’s and 60’s era in your home design.

Bay windows – Traditionally formed with a fixed centre picture window and flanked by one or more pairs of casement or sash windows, Bay windows often form a visual centrepiece in large living spaces.


 

Additional considerations

 
Frame colour forms another key component of your window design. The frame colour will need to synchronise with both the interior and exterior of your home.  White is a common choice for window frames, given its ability to blend seamlessly with a variety of interior palettes and its non-polarising nature. On the contrast, black is becoming increasingly prevalent in the design sphere, delivering a modern appeal that works well with contemporary spaces.  



Given the myriad of window materials, designs and colour options available, it is important to speak with a design consultant to ensure you make the best choice for your home in terms of functionality and aesthetic.

Learn more about window options for your new Metricon home at Metricon’s Studio M or visit our Gallery and Lookbook for more home inspiration.