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The Latest Trends in Windows for Your Home

The right windows can make or break a space. Luckily, today’s offerings are more functional and fashionable than ever before. Here’s what cool in the world of windows.


 Casement or awning windows can cost more than simple single- or double-hung windows, but in places like kitchens and bathrooms, the ease of operability may make it worth it. Builder: Teton Heritage Builders; Designer: Centre Sky Architecture; Photographer: PK Gibeon Photography

When homeowners run down their dream-home wish lists, big, beautiful windows almost always hover near the top. For log and timber homes, which often are built in the most scenic locales imaginable, it only makes sense. If you can enjoy your property’s views while washing the dishes, why not?

This isn’t unique to log or timber homes though; the American Society of Interior Designers’ 2024 Trends Report specifically highlights the use of large window walls in kitchens to connect visually with the outdoors as well as retractable window panels in living rooms to quite literally connect indoor spaces to the outside.

But windows are about more than just views — they’re also a chance to double-down on the energy efficiency of your home. According to Houzz’s 2024 Kitchen Trends Study, nearly 30 percent of homeowners swap out their kitchen windows for more efficient versions. (20 percent of renovating homeowners also swap them in bathrooms as well, according to Houzz.)

Ready to make a few swaps yourself? Here’s what on our minds when it comes to windows that wow. 


 Photo by David Trujillo, courtesy of James Judge

Pass It On

In designer James Judge’s cabin, connecting indoors and out drove the vision for the renovation. One key way that James did that was creating a pass-through window in the kitchen: “The window slides right open, and that countertop truly extends to the exterior. You can pass out marshmallows and glasses of wine and whatnot, so it really makes for a nice indoor-outdoor living opportunity.” 


 Photo courtesy of Edgewood

No Boundaries

The “Glass Forest®” by Big Cabin calls on a highly engineered, proprietary window-wall system that merges massive, insulated glass panels with equally massive cedar timbers to erase the boundaries between your great room and the great outdoors.


 Photo courtesy of NanaWall

The All-in-One 

Today’s window technology not only blurs the line between indoors and out, but between windows, doors and walls as well. Solutions like NanaWall’s line of “disappearing” windows and doors mean you maximize both views and accessibility.

See Also: How to Choose Windows for Your Home

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