Ideas for western facing windows on new home
We are in the design phase of a new home in Texas. One thing I really want is a window in my kitchen so we designed that part of the house so the kitchen has a nice large window facing the front of the house which faces west. The breakfast room and family room will extend to the back of the house.
I am looking for ways to block the hot afternoon sun but still have some light or some view out of the window. I mean, I can surely put up blinds and close them up tight. But that defeats the purpose of having a window. Are there some kind of shades that will block the heat but you can still see through them? I thought I saw something like that once.
I know this is a common problem. Just looking for any ideas. Thanks!!
I will post this in the windows forum also.