Choosing windows is the first expensive decision you’ll make in a new build. Your window colour will drive all other exterior options on your new home so you want to get it right. Here’s how to choose windows for your new construction.
Choosing Windows: The First Decision in Your New Build
My lovely eDesign client Marta came to me with a special project. She was demolishing her historical home and rebuilding it new to look as close the the original house as possible.
The pressing emergency was that they needed to choose their window colour right away. This is typical of any new build project by the way, the contractor will want to put that order in for the windows early.
The problem was, they were still waffling over whether to go with historic red brick as the house had originally been (shown below circa 1940), or opt for a fresher painted brick look, which they had had on the house up until now.
An early photo of the house with red brick c.1940
The house before it was razed
A rendering of the new design
To Paint the Brick or Not to Paint the Brick
Since she really was unsure whether they wanted to go with red brick or painted brick at this point, I provided options for both directions. And, since she needed to order her windows right away, I recommended the cream window option rather than the true white.
This way, cream windows would not be too stark with brick, and they would still give her fresh options for painted brick. (I did also give her the option of true white windows and pale paint colours for the brick, but the cream windows left more options open for her exterior).
Window Colour is the First, Most Pressing Decision of Most New Builds
Here’s a slide from my eDesign consultation with Marta.
The idea was to get a good colour match of the Satin Creme window colour from her chosen brand and use it as her trim colour if she went with red brick, or as her trim AND body colour if she decided to paint the brick.
By the way, the trick with custom colour matches is to paint up a large board of the colour they come up with and test it properly. If it’s not perfect, have them tweak it until it is 🙂
Here’s what you need to know about choosing windows.
If you are working with limited options for stock window colours, the colour of your windows is a very important decision. It will drive all other options you will have for the rest of your colour palette. For example, if you are planning to install brick or stone, the window colour often needs to be a custom creamy colour.
Since windows are typically the first expensive decision you will need to make for your exterior, you want to get it right. Don’t get caught off guard without a design plan when your contractor needs to order the windows.
The decision to paint her brick home.
In Marta’s case, the cream window colour also became her trim and body colour as well, because in the end, she decided to paint the brick. And this cream brick home turned out just beautifully!
Marta’s new house | Colours by Maria Killam
Isn’t it lovely? With the exception that it looks so fresh and well kept, you would never know that it was not a historical home. The custom copper gutters really make it look high-end and polished too.
Here’s a close up of her inviting new front entrance with a classic mahogany door and a bluestone porch (here you can see that the shutters arrived for the window above the entrance).
The new build home is perfectly timeless and classic, well done Marta! And thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us.
If you would like help getting a beautiful plan for your new build project, don’t delay! Your contractor will be putting on the pressure for your window choice soon. Let me help you be prepared with plans for all your finishes and colours so you are not caught off guard. Click here for my All Inclusive Exterior eDesign package here.
If you want to learn how to choose the best exterior colours for your home or your clients home, you can join my Masterclass for Exterior Colour Selection here.
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