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HOW TO CHOOSE KITCHEN WINDOWS
Kitchen windows play an essential role in your home, practically and aesthetically. The right windows create a warm, welcoming and cohesive feel and provide natural light and ventilation while leaving plenty of room for cabinetry and appliances. But how do you know which windows are suitable for your kitchen? Or what are the different types of servery windows and kitchen window splashbacks? Read on.
With so many window styles and sizes available, the right kitchen window choices depend on your kitchen’s design, space, needs and preferences.
Awning windows: Traditional awning windows invite natural light and airflow into your kitchen. A popular choice above the sink, these top-hinged windows can be partially or fully opened and closed via a winder.
Casement windows: Traditional and modern styles meet in this energy-efficient window design. Like hinged doors, casement windows are hinged on the left or right side, swinging outwards to open. This enables garden views and fresh airflow.
Fixed windows:Fixed or picture windows are perfect for showcasing uninterrupted outside views. They have no moving parts and provide no ventilation but work perfectly alongside operable windows.
Louvre windows:Louvre windows comprise a series of horizontal blades between the frame. A popular choice for kitchens, they provide more consistent natural ventilation than most other styles and are easy to open and close with a small lever handle.
Sliding windows: These classic windows provide elegant styling and excellent ventilation, working well with most other window styles. A fantastic choice for above the kitchen sink. Sliding windows can create an indoor-outdoor experience and double as a servery window to alfresco dining areas.
Bi-fold windows: Also known as concertina or folding windows, bi-fold windows open up completely to create the ultimate indoor-outdoor experience. A versatile, chic alternative to traditional sliding windows, bi-fold windows are perfect for showcasing garden views and using as a servery window for connected outdoor entertaining areas.
WHAT MATTERS MOST IN KITCHEN WINDOWS?
Your kitchen windows should strike a balance between complementing your home’s aesthetic, maximising natural light and ventilation and leaving enough room for kitchen appliances and storage.
Style: Windows play a crucial role in your kitchen’s overall look and feel. Whether your kitchen is sleek and modern or classic and coastal, choose windows that work with your kitchen’s design and colour scheme. Be sure to match your kitchen windows with the other windows throughout your home, especially from the outside, if your kitchen faces the street.
Consider adding an arched window above the main window if you want to make a statement. Its graceful curves combine well with the rectangular shape of the main window.
Light: A naturally bright kitchen provides a beautifully warm and welcoming ambience, perfect for cooking and entertaining. Natural light can also help you save on energy bills by eliminating the need for artificial lighting during the day. Look for windows with a wider glass pane and streamlined frame to maximise natural light. If you’re not short on kitchen storage, consider replacing wall cabinets with windows and floating shelves for a modern, open and streamlined look.
Ease of Use: The most common location of kitchen windows is over the sink. Depending on how deep your sink is and the height of the window, you want to be able to open and close it with relative ease.
Security: For operable windows, look for strong, secure styles that can be locked in position and combined with security screens for added peace of mind.
WHERE SHOULD KITCHEN WINDOWS BE PLACED?
Window placement plays a crucial role in your kitchen’s functionality, design, ambience and safety.
An enduring choice for window placement is above the sink, allowing you to enjoy the garden or streetscape as you clean up. Depending on your kitchen’s design, other modern window placement ideas include floor-to-ceiling windows next to an island bench, windows as splashbacks and windows to replace wall cabinets or placed on either side of a range hood.
Other window placement factors to consider:
Access: Place operable windows where family members can easily open, close and clean them.
Safety: Avoid placing kitchen windows above cooking surfaces as this can be dangerous and inconvenient.
Height: Kitchen windows are traditionally placed higher than windows in other rooms. Allowing at least 1 metre should leave room for your lower cabinets, benchtops and splashback.
Privacy: While large windows create a light, open space, the bigger the window, the less privacy. If your kitchen is street-facing, higher windows will give you added privacy.
Splashback windows can be fixed or operable, with operable windows allowing extra ventilation and airflow. Speak to your builder, architect or a Bradnam’s consultant to learn more about the best splashback windows for your kitchen.
COST OF KITCHEN WINDOWS
As you can see, there are plenty of factors and options to consider when selecting windows for your kitchen. Our experienced consultants are happy to discuss your options, answer any questions, and provide a product comparison quote.
Very helpful, had a general enquiry in regard to a proposed build they were more than helpful in working out a few calculations so I could specify/suggest product to client and make sure it works for their prelim design.
Antonia O'Brien|2 months ago
I took my window in their because I couldn’t replace the rollers, they replaced them for me. Helped put the glass back in the window after I accidentally managed to take it out Plus helped put it back in my car. Thank you very much.
James North|3 months ago
Michael was very helpful and professional in explaining the window features and benefits. Excellent service.
John Mcanulty|3 months ago
See Nathan, great customer service.
Simon Scicluna|7 months ago
Excellent service and support.
Tony Ezekiel|8 months ago
I replaced my roller doors with sliding glass doors, Michael and all staff at Bradnams Hervey Bay are very professional, from quoting to finished product.
Ian Dawe|8 months ago
Efficient, excellent communication and service. Couldn’t be more happier with our new screens. Thanks to Lee and the Team
Katrina|11 months ago
Job was done in a very timely manner & look great. Modern and sleek even though framed showers..so very happy.
Jason Hopkins|11 months ago
Thank you Michael of the Hervey Bay store. You had closed up when I arrived yesterday and yet you asked me if you could help? I explained that I had come over from Maryborough as my wife had a medical appointment and showed a print of the part I was chasing. You went back inside and spoke with Brendan and came out with the part.
Peter Millar|last year
First time using Bradmans, pleasant to speak with over the phone, fast quote, very reasonable pricing, good turn around time and a nice quality product, I’m very picky and there was absolutely no fault with my experience with Bradmans. *sliding glass doors x5 Thanks team the doors look great. Rowan
I had been looking for a small part for a sliding window, getting hand-balled from one place to another, and then Megan came along! She could not have been more helpful and understanding, thanks again Megan!
Mark T|2 months ago
Megan was extremely knowledgeable , experienced , and so helpful , especially with multi unit developments. She was all over the numerous windows in the window schedule . Over & beyond expectations.
Paul|2 months ago
Needed a lock fixed on glass sliding door, the service technician came out at earliest possible time considering Covid Restrictions and was both punctual and efficient. Very happy with the service provided.
Sasha|8 months ago
I would like to thank Michelle for her professional and effficient service. I have been having trouble with my front door and two technicians came on time this morning (with a call first to tell me their arrival time) and fixed the door. I had several other questions for them (about windows) and they answered those easily too. So, a successful morning! I am impressed.
Karen|10 months ago
Great service for the repair of our showerscreen doors. It took a couple of weeks ( only because they are so busy, which is a good sign) but were true to their word and fixed the problem within a couple of days. Thanks to Raylene and Matt. Highly recommend.
Kerry Lindenberg|10 months ago
We’ve bought a number of windows and a mirror from them and all of them have been made very well. They provide excellent service as well. Thankyou!
Bron|10 months ago
The service we have received is amazing and Raylene always goes out of her way to help and make sure the jobs are completed on time and are top quaility.
Jane|11 months ago
Had new windows and flyscreens installed before Christmas, called up as a flyscreen came out, could not get fly screen back in so I called to see if someone could put it back in. The sales manager organised a tech to come and have a look. Absolute awesome service and so grateful.
Always helpful. Needed an urgent order for a window and they came through for me. Always pleasant to talk too
I have had nothing but exceptional service from Bradmans, especially Jenna & Michelle. I’ve been installing Bradmans windows for the last year, am very happy with their product & recommend them to everyone. I have many happy customers with their products & efficiency.
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