Wimpy Window Replacement
I used to live in this house:
It was my first home in Berkeley, and I lived with a 77-year-old man. (That is a story for a different blog.) I still live nearby, so I occasionally walk by and notice the changes. Recently, the neglected house was painted and the windows replaced. “Hurray!” I thought, until I noticed this:
What is going on here?
- They used recycled windows. These are old windows- simple, wood-framed, single pane, painted windows. The look is fine for the rest of the house, but they could not find a window to match this opening.
- They did not have a designer.
How do I know this?
What is wrong?
- It is painted white, the color that should be reserved for the exterior casing, not the stiles and muntins of the window.
- A large expanse of plywood is seldom used as exterior sheathing, and most certainly would not occur in a singular instance like this in a well-designed house. Therefore, it just looks cheap.
How I would have done it?
Design is about patterns and systems, and keeping everything consistent. The panel is a replacement for a window, not the casing. Therefore, it should be matching green. In addition, I would use a few simple wood members to create a faux window, or some more creative design (client dependent) to give the panel shadow in a manner consistent with the windows. This allows the eye to glide over the replacement without registering it as a poor substitute for a real window.