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chandi gamage

Eco frendly ideas ,lovely.

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These are all amazing!

We are fortunate to have a home built in the 1960's, before "less windows" became a builder's design. It's amazing to me that large homes built in some subdivisions don't have large windows on each side of the house. We have at least one window, most times two or three, in every room.

When we moved in 23 years ago, the living room had peach wallpaper on every wall, as well as the up/down staircase area; there was dark brown paneling on the bottom of the kitchen walls, as well as the very large family room. The family room has windows on three of the four walls. My ex didn't believe in painting wood paneling. Once he was gone, voila! Much brighter areas with a great white paint job on the paneling.

When I replaced all the windows over 10 years ago, instead of replacing the flat large picture window in the living room, I had a bay window built. It faces the west, so sunsets can make the room quite bright, but also warmer. It lets in so much more light.

What worked for me, and what I recommend for others that want lots of light but are "shade challenged" are top down/bottom up shades. The bay window faces the street and we have a bit of traffic coming toward us due to living in a cul-de-sac. I have the shades set to cover about 1/3 of the bottom of the windows for privacy all the time, but can pull them up to the top when the sun sets to keep it less bright and warm in the living room. I only have to do this in the summer, and only for a couple of hours a day.

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Previous owner of my log home put on an addition but left the windows in the formerly-outside log wall. Though at times I curse the lack of wall space, more often I thank goodness for the view and, more importantly, the access to light. "Open floor plans" so prevalent on home shows are often created with a costly spanning beam. I consider this solution to gain light effective and quirky/cute!


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