Garden Window opinions?

cinjosJune 23, 2013

Hi all,

During our kitchen remodel, we are replacing the two kitchen windows - one over the sink and one over the desk. They face my neighbor's brick wall and I have been looking at garden windows as a solution - fill them up with lovely herbs and plants so I don't see the brick wall!

Does anyone have experience with these windows? Should I just do a deep sill instead? We are in Toronto, Canada, so much of the time, it's pretty cold outside. Will this be a concern?

Anyone have another suggestion to deal with the ugly view?


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We had a garden window at our old house. It was in front of the kitchen sink so it was hard to reach all the way across the sink and into the window to clean or care for plants. This might be a good way to deal with your view issue though, but - would you get enough sun there to grow plants? Perhaps you could bring in artificial lights, such as flourescent lights for your plants? Your plants would like the light and so would you.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 1:33PM
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We put in a Sunrise Garden Window - This was right after the reno - I didn't have any plants in it yet -
Currently, I have a big planter of herbs and just pluck them and add them to whatever I am cooking.
I find the chives are a bit leggy, but the parsley, basil, rosemary, etc are doing fine.
This is a south exposure but it is partially blocked by a blue spruce.

I would have done something a bit different if I found GW. I would have built a standard bay with the counter going out into the bay (but you will need a special device to open the window...) I can reach our openers as it isn't too deep.

I also put a grow light in the window this spring and grew a few babies for my outside garden.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 4:51PM
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We installed a garden window to replace a standard one behind the kitchen sink. It does make the room feel a lot bigger and was worth the cost.

One suggestion -- I would have a window expert give you a cost to do the whole window. Although I have seen some garden windows called "replacement windows" it seems like they're all new construction. We got a Milgard Montecito which looks great. But the install required cutting out the exterior stucco so we could attach the window directly against the studs. There may be another window that doesn't require this but I don't know if they are of good quality.

We were also installing countertops at the same time and cut out a piece of the quartz to go over the window base and extend inward into the sill. The Milgard window allows for up to an inch to place a base -- if you don't put anything down,you would need to seal the edge between the window base and the interior window sill.

This post was edited by calumin on Sun, Jun 23, 13 at 17:09

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 5:08PM
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calumin - I saw the Milgard Garden Window but it wasn't available in our area - I almost trucked it in our van out here but decided too high risk.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 9:36PM
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At first we thought of doing a garden window, nothing the matter with them atoll! But we decided on a bay window instead with a granite ledge on the outside of the window.

We can put plants/flowers, (You name it), on that ledge and block anything we want to. Fortunately it looks into our large back yard full of Hybiscus, roses, dalias, etc, so no need to block, but we can if we wanna.

The bay window does make the kitchen look much larger, and since the window has granite both in side the window and outside, it "Appears" that the window is sitting on a granite ledge.


    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 10:07PM
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Dodge- I am jealous! I would have done this if I found GW first. As you say- nothing wrong with GW but other options exist!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 5:17AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

We didn't do a garden window, but a regular window which we bumped out. What I like best about it is that there is no sill, but the counter runs out flush to the edge of the window. Makes for easy clean up.

A couple of things to consider is if the garden window has glass on top, think about how much heat may build up from the sun. Also if you want to open the windows, think about casement where you can reach the crank. Mother had a double hung over her sink, and it took charles atlas to open it.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 8:47AM
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This post makes me sad. I wanted a garden window, but got the big veto due to cost. Now I see these cool alternatives. :(. All I have is a plain window. At least it isn't clouded up like the old one.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 11:29PM
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