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Divided Light Windows on Mid Century Ranch Home?

Posted by TXBluebonnet11 (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 17, 13 at 11:50

We are in the process of major renovations for a mid century ranch style home built in 1974. It's time to choose the windows, and I am torn. I love the traditional style window with true divided lights, but would it blend with the architecture? I am looking for opinions. How would a divided light window look on this home?


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RE: Divided Light Windows on Mid Century Ranch Home?

In my opinion divided lites would not look proper. However are you changing the exterior in any way or simply new windows, and new paint on the exterior? The only ones I could think of that would look maybe okay would be a few horizontal bars.


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RE: Divided Light Windows on Mid Century Ranch Home?

I agree with Fenestration, that style house does not lend itself to divided lites.


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I prefer clear glass in this application.


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RE: Divided Light Windows on Mid Century Ranch Home?

Agree with windows on washington, clear glass would look much better in this instance.


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RE: Divided Light Windows on Mid Century Ranch Home?

Agreed. The only thing that mike look good is prairie grids.


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RE: Divided Light Windows on Mid Century Ranch Home?

Agreed. The only thing that might look good is prairie grids.


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RE: Divided Light Windows on Mid Century Ranch Home?

Thank you for the great feedback so far. No one thinks I could get away with divided lights?

As far as changes, we are changing the windows on the far left (bottom floor) to french doors. They will match the French doors on the top floor above it. We are changing that whole section of the house to stone (top and bottom floor). The other areas where you see siding (in the center part of the house), these will be bricked in. The columns will be changed out to stone. We are getting a new cast iron balcony railing on the second floor. And if the homeowner's association approves, we are extending the space on the far right about 10 feet to create a garage with double wooden entry doors. Opinions?

I also have a question... Does anyone know which French doors have the widest glass area - Anderson Eagle, Neuma (or) Marvin Integrity? We have a view in the back of the house and want to maximize it with the best door choice. I cannot seem to find these specs anywhere.

This post was edited by TXBluebonnet11 on Mon, Jun 17, 13 at 20:21


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RE: Divided Light Windows on Mid Century Ranch Home?

The specifications on doors are less detailed out or referenced as they are on windows because the impact of frame size is less a percentage of the total door given the size.

Most door companies make and will detail out what the frame style it (i.e. French rail, narrowline, etc).

I would start with who you want and who makes a good door and narrow the information down from there.


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RE: Divided Light Windows on Mid Century Ranch Home?

Still sounds like it wouldn't look right with divided lites. If you're doing that much of a remodel and have an architect/designer working with you have them draw up some elevations to see if you think anything looks good, in the end it is your home. Not many brands offer narrow stiles and rails for french doors. Integrity I know does not, Marvin might allow custom widths for narrow stiles and rails. I know Kolbe has that option but it is custom and costs more.


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