We are meeting with another window dealer tomorrow and we are as of now currenlty over budget for windows. That is if I go with what I really want and don't make sacrifices. Since, I'm not planning to come by any extra money...sacrifice it will be.
I love windows and natural light. We will again be having 10' ceilings. In our last home our windows (with 10' ceilings) in the family room and breakfast nook were 7' in height. I absolutely loved the look and I'm having trouble getting used to the idea of "less" window.
The current plans call for the family room windows to be just shy of 5' tall witha 1'5" transom. Well, with that being said, the transoms have put us over budget. So, at this point, we are possibly looking at a 5' window. As stated previously, we had 7' tall prior. I'm wondering if I would notice 1 foot less, but thinking I would definitely notice a 2' difference??? We most likely will have a couch or sectional blocking part of the bottoms of the windows, so perhaps not as big of a deal as I'm making this out to be.
Also, our dining room will be in the back of the house. It will be vaulted, have a fireplace and a very casual feel. The room is 18'3" X 13'8" and I want it to be full of windows, like a sun room. The fireplace was to be flanked by single, glass doors. The window dealer suggested a window in place of one door, as the doors are $1500/door. I'm having trouble getting past the symmetry of flanking the fireplace with a window on one side and a door on the other. Any ideas and/or pictures to help with this decision?
The wall adjacent to the dining room, fireplace wall is a large arch-opening that lead into the kitchen. Then the other 2 walls are currently on the plan to have a window unit on each. The unit will be consisitng of 4 seperate windows, all placed directly next to each othe, making a 8'0 1/8" W X 4'11 7/8" H unit. This is also to have a 1' 5" H transom on top, thus making the window over 6' 6" in height. I'm thinking about using 3 windows on these walls versus the unit made of 4 and spacing the windows out. My thought is if the windows are spoaced out, then tall wainscoat trim, topped with a plate rack can be between the windows.
Thanks for trying to follow my thoughts, in summary...
Could you please share the heights of windows you have with 10' ceilings? What is your preference?
How much appeal does the transom have and will I miss this look?
Would you have symmetry flanking your fireplace...winow/door OR door/door?
Would you try using less windows on the two additioanl dining room walls, spaced out, versus a huge wall of windows?
***We are over budget on windows the amount of the one dining room door and all the transoms. So, whatta you suggest? it is possible that we will get a better quote, tomorrow (fingers crossed).
Thank for your help, ideas & encourageemnt.