When building a French house, I think one of the most important elements is choosing the correct window! Then, of course, there are the shutters. But that's for another day.
Before we get started on window talk, let's get our window terms down. Inswing casement windows swing into the building. Outswing casement windows swing out of the building.
|In swing vs outswing windows!|
From my study of French houses, it seems the only window they use is the inswing casement window!
I have seen the outswing casement window in other places in Europe - in fact, the house I lived in in Germany had outswing casement windows.
I believe they only use the inswing casement window because they almost always have shutters and how can you close a shutter when the window swings out? You can't! (Unless you have a little pulley system, which is actually what the house in Germany that I lived in had, but that's a bit different because it was the ugly metal shutter than the cute wood one).
These are all inswing casement windows. You cannot have the swing outwards with a metal bar in the way!
Recognize this place? Yes, it's Chateau de Versailles. I spy... inswing casement windows!
A study below... inswing French windows up top, the smaller windows I think are inswing too. The bottom level has French doors.
Inswing inswing inswing! In America, we would totally make these dormer windows double hung.
Inswing windows have different shapes... some eyebrow shaped, some square, some rectangular.
They are small, they are big. I feel like I'm writing for Dr. Seuss.
Below, an apartment in Paris. This is how I envision my second story windows (there are only a few!)... an inswing window with a flower box on the second story. Oooh la la.
Well, here's the deal with inswing French casement windows... they are not cheap!
There are only several national makers of them: Marvin Windows, Kolbe Windows, and Pella. We are not going with Pella because they were terrible for our previous house. TERRIBLE. Don't buy them.
To save some cash, we are going to actually do a mixture: Inswing casement windows in a few key locations, outswing casement windows on others, and double hung on the rest. Inswing is most expensive, followed by outswing, then double hung. You can get the look of inswing casement with the outswing casement and even double hung... if you get the right style.
As for the window color, we are going with white windows. It seems a majority of windows in France are white and then the pop of color comes from the shutters. I'll be doing another post on shutters alone in the future.
What do you all think of all of these windows?
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