Home › Forums › Home and Garden › What kind of window style to choose? (& a little lesson in Windows) › Reply To: What kind of window style to choose? (& a little lesson in Windows)
Hard question actually. Most people actually prefer the unobstructed view from a single pane of glass (i.e., your “plain double hungs” or single pane casement). That’s a contemporary look and not historically accurate. Double-hung true divided-light on top wth single pane on the bottom in douglas fir is almost certainly the most historically accurate, but also by far the most expensive (and without being the most efficient). Prairie style is somewhat of a compromise.
There’s lots to consider here, but I’d give some thought to (i) what you are replacing and (ii) what your neighbors have done. If you’ve got the original divided-light double hungs and your neighbors do too, then I think you look like a bit of an ass replacing with cheap contemporary single-pane vinyl. On the other hand, if the neighbors havn’t made much of an effort to keep historically accurate and you’ll be replacing existing “replacements”, then it’s a different story.
One last thought…very few home buyers appreciate top of the line windows so it may be difficult to recover your investment if you’re not going to be in the house a long time.