Kristi's Studio

It’s All About The Windows (Two or Three?)

Things are about to start moving full speed ahead on the garage conversion, and I’m about two parts super excited, one part nervous, and one part stressed. Yesterday morning I met with the general contractor and he introduced me to Chuy, who will be the project manager on my remodel. He’s the one who will be here overseeing everything, and he’ll be my go-to guy if I have questions, changes to make, etc.

I have six more days to get my garage completely cleaned out. My brother and I made quite a bit of headway on that this month, but with my back and shoulder still not at 100%, there’s no way I can finish that up myself. So I hired a guy to do that for me, and he’ll be here on Saturday with his crew of guys to get the garage and storage room completely cleaned out. I’ll be there to tell them what needs to be done and what goes where, and they’ll do all the lifting. That’s money well spent, and a huge load off my shoulders, both literally and figuratively.

But the thing that has me the most stressed out is that I have one more day to come up with my exact plan for windows and doors. That means I really need to nail down all of the floor plan details, know where I’m putting what, and how I’m using each area of the room. That way I can plan where I want doors and windows and give them the exact sizes for the windows that need to be ordered ASAP.

I have a general idea of how I want the room arranged, so nailing down most of those details today shouldn’t be a big deal. But the one thing I’m the most indecisive about is the front wall of the studio, because whatever I do there will directly affect how the house looks from the front. I ruled out French doors a while back, and decided to go with just windows on the front. I’m still 100% on board with that decision. What I’m less sure about is the number of windows. Do I use two windows? Three?

I know. It seems like a small thing, and if it were on the back or side of the house, I’d be way less stressed about it. But since it’s on the front of the house, it stresses me out.

What I know for sure is that I want the front wall of my studio to be one long work surface. All 19.5 glorious feet will be one long built-in desk with plenty of space to sew or spread out other projects. So just that fact alone means that the windows on the front of the studio will be different from the windows on the rest of the front of the house. All of those windows are 60 inches tall, but I can’t put a 60-inch-tall window above a 30-inch-high desk. So the windows at the front of the studio will be 44 inches high. But how wide should they be?

I went on the hunt for examples of wide exterior areas with multiple windows, and I found these two examples. Here’s what two windows on a wide expanse might look like…

But those windows are taller than 44 inches. They look more like 60 inches. If I go with two windows with shutters on them (which I’ll need to balance out the windows with shutters on the other end of the house), the windows will be almost square and the shutters will be wider. I imagine that looking something like this…

garage conversion with two windows

And here’s an example that I found of three windows on a wide expanse…

Again, those windows are taller than 44 inches, and there’s no way that exterior wall is 19.5 feet wide, so you have to use your imagination. On my house I imagine three windows looking like this…

garage conversion with three windows

So this is my main source of indecision right now. Two windows or three? Here are my thoughts:

I like big windows, so the idea of bigger windows appeals to me. However, I don’t know that I like the idea of square-ish windows. I do like that using three windows keeps them rectangular rather than square. I also like odd numbers. Things used in odd numbers seem more pleasing to the eye. But on the other hand, I have three windows side-by-side on the front porch, and three windows side-by-side on the front of the breakfast room. So will three windows on the front of the studio be too much? Too predictable? Or does the fact that the front porch and breakfast room windows are close together and will not have shutters break up the three-three-three pattern of windows on that end of the house? Or does it matter?

*Sigh* I honestly don’t know which option I like better, but I have to make this decision by the time I go to bed tonight. The window order needs to go in ASAP!



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    Veronica
    June 29, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Two! (Balances out the 2 windows on the left side of the house. 3 looks busy.)

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    Sarah
    June 29, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Why not use a bank of three, similar to what you have in the front room? EVen though they will be shorter, I think it could be a nice repeated element. Especially if there is a great window box or planting underneath! Best of luck and excited to see the studio develop.

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      Mark E Tisdale
      June 29, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      Oooooh, yes!! Whatever the number, I like the idea of a window box or even some other trim detail to balance out the shorter windows! The window box is my favorite ornament to make the windows look taller but it does leave one obligated to actually have living plants in them. LOL

      Mark

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    Justin
    June 29, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I like the three if you were to put them together side-by-side into one big window. Otherwise, I think two is more visually appealing from the front. The three seems kind of choppy.

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    Guerrina
    June 29, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Two seems to balance the house overall.

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    Janice
    June 29, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I can’t really explain why but the two windows looks more visually appealing for some reason.

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    Bonnie
    June 29, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Yes, 2, unless you put them side by side.

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    RO
    June 29, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Three windows definitely. You will love the view from inside, and it will not look chintzy on the outside, as two windows might, like you are trying to stretch a dollar.

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      carswell
      June 29, 2017 at 10:03 am

      I’m with this.

      Your bank of windows in your breakfast room is 3 butted together. 3 spaced out on your work studio will add a nice nod of repetition, especially if they have the same divided lights at the top and solid panes below.

      You have the space and I think you will appreciate the light.

      From a design perspective 3 is always better than two.

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    Gwen
    June 29, 2017 at 9:59 am

    2

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    Carla from Kansas
    June 29, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I like the 3.

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      Suzanne
      June 29, 2017 at 10:10 am

      Ditto! More importantly than how the front looks, how will it feel from the inside to have 2 vs. 3 windows? More light is coming in with 3, right?

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    Barbara H.
    June 29, 2017 at 9:59 am

    What about a horizontal window, longer than it is wide, with shutters on the end? It could be broken up like the breakfast room windows – the wider piece of trim in between the window sections. Sorry if that’s not clear.

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      Kristi
      June 29, 2017 at 10:42 am

      It was clear. The issue with that is that I’m particular about my shutters in the same way I’m particular about my draperies — even if they’re not functional, I still like for them to look like they could be functional. It drives me crazy to see a 100-foot-wide window with one narrow, skimpy drapery panel on each end of it. In the same way, it irritates me to see a really wide window or bank of windows with a really narrow (by comparison) shutter on each side. If a window is 30 inches wide, I like the shutters to be around 15 inches wide each. If a window is 44 inches wide, in my mind the shutters need to be around 22 inches wide each. If a window (or bank of windows) is 90 inches wide, then trim is probably enough, because shutters will look pointless. That’s my humble opinion regarding shutters. 🙂

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        Barbara H.
        June 29, 2017 at 10:47 am

        Got it – forgot about the functional issue of the shutters and was just thinking about the light coming in from 3 windows together with a work top below. Well, good luck – it’s not an easy decision.

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        Kimberly
        June 29, 2017 at 6:52 pm

        Kristi, you pulled this commentary on shutters and functionality/appearance directly out of my brain! It makes me twitchy when the shutters are not proportional enough to function, or appear to function, on a window — it’s just so incredibly imbalanced that it punches me right in my OCD! I do like decorative shutters, but my definitely favor fully functioning shutters, complete with ring pulls, slide bolts and shutter dogs!

        As for your windows, I think you should go with two. They will balance out the window placement on the other side of the house in your drawing.

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        Jeni
        June 30, 2017 at 4:36 am

        All and more you ever want to know about shutters in the link below. Who knew?! The 22″ on each side of the 44″ is right on. Shutters, even if just for looks (which would probably be most we see today) should act like the really work. So, two 22″ covers 44″ window.

        http://www.oldhouseguy.com/shutters/

        Beautiful front elevation. So exciting!

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    Kourtney
    June 29, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Two looks more balanced and less busy. Also having two gives you wall space above your work area, so you could hang or install a surface there that would allow you to pin up papers/idea/instructions like a cork board. Or shelving for supplies you might need at the ready. Definitely two windows!

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    Jen
    June 29, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Two seems more balanced to me. 3 starts to look a little busy or cluttered imo.

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    Carla
    June 29, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Definitely two, it balances the other side of the house. Three seems too crowded.

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    Michele
    June 29, 2017 at 10:02 am

    I agree 3 smaller rectangular windows looks a little bit chopped up for the size of that wall, even though I agree odd numbers are better. I too think you should echo the living room with the three connected windows if you can get the right height. Would love to see a mockup of that arrangement. You also have to take into account how the windows will look from inside the space. Again I feel the 3 small ones will be too chopped up looking, even if you use Roman shades for them. Finally, is the front wall the only suitable space for a long counter? Or could that element of the studio be shifted to a different wall?

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    Trina
    June 29, 2017 at 10:02 am

    I am also thinking that on the inside it limits the upper cabinet options. Will you be using uppers? I would think in a studio that more storage is always a good thing. I personally like either three placed close together or two to balance the left side of the house. But it isn’t my house and I always like where you end up.

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      Vivian DeGarmo
      June 29, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      My thoughts exactly. Two windows gives more room for storage inside which is always needed. It also balances the two windows on the other side of the house.

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    Debra
    June 29, 2017 at 10:03 am

    A work studio? The more natural light, the better! So, I disagree with many here the say two balances things. Three does too, if you compare it to the three on the porch. This is a win-win situation because two or three will work. But three will provide more light and eliminate the squareness.

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    Diane
    June 29, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Decide the amount of natural light you want and need on your long workspace. I would want as much as possible. Three windows gives you more versatility of glare control, but the addition of shutters is a space sucker for three windows. You might be better off with two wide windows. Maybe Somme skylights or in ceiling lights over work surface though florescent lights can give you natural light with the right bulbs.

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    Sandy
    June 29, 2017 at 10:04 am

    I’m with teo. It does balance the two on the left.

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    Susan
    June 29, 2017 at 10:04 am

    3, you will want the natural light that 3 windows will give you inside. I think it will look great, the 3 windows balance out the 2 windows and bricks on the opposite side.

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    Sarah
    June 29, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I vote 2!

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    Sherre
    June 29, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I really liked the look of the two windows that are the same size as the others. Honestly, to me, the smaller windows make it look like an addition. You say you want a continuous work space on the whole wall- is there going to be storage underneath? This could be a great opportunity to do a feature tabletop piece that runs in front of the windows. I know Joanna Gaines did it in one of her episodes (it was a breakfast bar in a super modern house). A nice floating tabletop surface in a fantastic wood finish. Just a thought!

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    Julie S.
    June 29, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I like the spacing of the 3 windows but they would be smaller windows. Also I wish you could post a picture of just that part of the house. Looks like you’ve got 3 unshuttered windows right next to the ones you plan to shutter. I get the shutters and why you’re looking to do that. But if you’re standing and looking from the right of the porch, what does that wall of windows look like with 3 without shutters and 2 or 3 with shutters (that’s what it’ll be, correct?).

    If looking from the street right in front of the porch, I like 3 because you can’t really see the other 3 windows without shutters. But I’m just wondering how that long wall looks with the 2 different window set ups. Not to throw another monkey wrench in or anything….

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    Katie
    June 29, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Do you know the actual dimensions of the windows you’d be considering? If you know that you could have a better idea of how they would look on the front. I have a feeling that three windows with accompanying shutters on each will look cramped when it’s a real-life scenario. You might end up with weird sized shutters that look really off, or teeny looking windows or something similar. If it were me i would figure out the actual sizes and maybe tape them up on the exterior for a gut check.

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    Louise
    June 29, 2017 at 10:07 am

    It seems like you can’t go wrong, since other comments are pretty evenly divided, and as for looks, once it’s done it’ll look great either way because neither situation screams “unbalanced” to me. Maybe think more about practicality – will sun come pouring through the windows and make that half of the room hot in the morning or afternoon or create glare on projects you’re working on? Or will you dress the windows, and making curtains for 3 be much more work than making curtains for 2? Or would doing 2 windows leave some great wall space for tiny shelving or hooks that might serve an important function for your craft room? Or is this part of the house pretty shaded, and 3 windows let in a lot more light than 2?

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    Lena
    June 29, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I agree on 3 placed together and not spread out. The rest of your house has multiple windows placed together and not spaced out. So I’d do 4-5ft on each side of the windows and then 3 windows in the middle that are about 9ft wide.

    The windows in your last inspiration photo are 3 foot wide and the spacing is probably 3 ft between them so yes that wall approaches your size. Minimum size it would be 16ft wide wall as it is a garage after all.

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      Lena
      June 29, 2017 at 10:09 am

      Oh and I think an arrangement of odd groupings looks best when you have that opportunity and space allows.

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    Donna Marchlewski
    June 29, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Two Windows

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    Shelley
    June 29, 2017 at 10:09 am

    To me the question is how much natural sunlight do you want? Which direction does the front of your house face? If it faced the west, I would go with 2 as that is too much hot sun for me. My kitchen faces the east in the most northern part of my house, I would love more natural light there thus more/bigger windows. From the outside either will look fine.

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      Patricia Smith
      June 29, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      I, too, was considering the directional aspect. My west-facing windows are giving me fits each afternoon…so much so that I am considering adding a pergola along the entire west side of the house! My sewing room has a bank of 4 windows that face south…again, lots of light but easier to control most of the year. I really like working in rooms where the light comes from more than one direction…
      But enough about me. I would choose the window option that allows you to use the same width shutters across the front of the house.

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    Laurie
    June 29, 2017 at 10:10 am

    I prefer three. To me, two looks matchy with the windows on the other side of the porch because they’re the same quantity, and at the same time it looks unbalanced because they’re a different shape. I think three will look better from the interior as well.

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    Laura Laskey
    June 29, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Three all the way! It creates a tryptic which is more pleasing to the eye. Also, I would think more natural light would be better than less natural light. The two window mock up just makes the windows look so short and thickset.

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    Carol F
    June 29, 2017 at 10:12 am

    I would do the same size as the breakfast room, since they are right by them.

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    Karen Savage
    June 29, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Scaled elevations will help you from making proportion, scale and line mistakes with the space. This is a big deal and a typical DIY mistake that I encounter all day long – Don’t fly by the seat of your pants and decide without the drawings. Scaled drawings are not that hard, I can send you instructions if you want to do it yourself or ask your project manager to do it for you. Blessings!

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      robin
      June 29, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      Agreed!! Your mock ups may be off enough to change ultimate outcome!

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    Pam Pantze
    June 29, 2017 at 10:13 am

    2 for me as well for all the reasons given by others. 3 looks as though you’re trying to squeeze them in for the sake of it. 2 slightly larger gives the appearance of more space and definitely less cluttered.

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    Patricia
    June 29, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I prefer 2 since it balances both ends of the house.

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    kddomingue
    June 29, 2017 at 10:17 am

    While I understand the concern about how the exterior of the house will look (neither option looks bad), I would be more concerned with the interior and how I’d want it to function. Do you want more natural light and outdoor views or less natural light and more wall for cabinets or shelving? Personally, I like a workspace with abundant natural light and windows looking out on the outdoors with cabinets and shelving located on walls where windows aren’t an option and under the windows.

    Perhaps three windows placed together without separation like the windows under the porch?

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    Rachel
    June 29, 2017 at 10:20 am

    I vote 2.
    I agree with previously comment about it balancing out the two windows on the other side of the house.

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    jenw
    June 29, 2017 at 10:22 am

    The garage window do not relate to the living room and breakfast room windows to me. The LR and BR window are single banks made up of multiple windows. The garage windows are three single windows (or two, whatever). So, to me you can choose which windows you like best for the garage. Either way two or three look nice on the exterior. You might consider how you’re planning to dress the windows and what might be the practical/nice for the interior. Two drapery rods might look better than three close, but separate rods.

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    Deb
    June 29, 2017 at 10:23 am

    When I first saw the three windows in my email, I thought, “no.” But then when I saw the mock up of the two, two immediately seemed disjointed. The three windows retains the same window shape as the other side of the house, which unifies the two sides and looks intentional as if it were originally built that way. The two makes the front of the house look chopped up because they are so different from the two on the other side.

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    Beth Mayberry
    June 29, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I would choose 2 windows…for two reasons…two new windows would balance the two existing windows on the far left. And I’m all about bigger windows in general. I think they’re more attractive, especially when shutters are used. If they were just cased with no shutters I think three windows would look fine…but I think you need shutters because you already have them on the front.

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    Connor
    June 29, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Neither choice is going to look horrible, however I think you should go with the three windows. It reinforces the repeating element of ‘3’ found in the breakfast and even front room windows. I think it looks more substantial and will be far prettier on the inside. I think two windows might be okay if they were taller, however that isn’t a possibility. In my opinion, the two “square” windows paired with shutters look like the super short windows that one might have to put in a basement, if that makes sense.

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    Kristi C
    June 29, 2017 at 10:27 am

    How about 2 more rectangular windows, so they are set apart a little bit and mimic the windows on the left flank of the house.

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      Jean
      June 29, 2017 at 10:46 am

      My opinion precisely. Two windows, similar in size and shape to those on the other end of the house. More balance, less busy.

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    DEB
    June 29, 2017 at 10:28 am

    For what it worth…I prefer the two shuttered in your first picture as it ballances nicely with the other two. Your three windows are unadorned and tight up and look nice on that section of house and your shuttered windows play nicely with them. If you want more natural light go with skylights on the back roof.

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    Sewducky
    June 29, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Personally I like two, you can mirror the other side of the house with shutters, maximize your room for wall storage inside. I ignored maximizing light, because I remember a mention of skylights earlier (wasn’t sure if those were still in the design). I see what you are saying on shape… I’d get two narrower windows side by side to split it up to hide any square-ness. Either way two or three will be great. If you need more detail to decide… Think what is along the walls in the corners and the clearances of things there.

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    Cate
    June 29, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I like the look of 2 windows, based on your sketches…however, I don’t HATE the look of 3 windows either. I don’t think you can really go wrong with either decision. It will not be to sole focus of your facade.

    I think you will want to draw more attention to your front door. I see that being a beautiful teal color – make that be the star of the show! Everything else will blend into the background.

    Good Luck! Don’t stress over this one!!

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    Loretta
    June 29, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Generally, I love as many windows as possible, but I think the two windows looks better in your mock-ups. It actually seems to my eye, to make the area seem larger, a little more substantial.

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    Tara C.
    June 29, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I think both options look nice. If I had to make a choice, I believe that 2 windows would be my choice.

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    Elle
    June 29, 2017 at 10:38 am

    I agree with Kristi C.
    Two windows with shutters but NOT square windows. Use rectangular windows.
    Also strongly agree with Karen Savage that you get scaled
    Drawings of the elevations before making the final decision.

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    Cheryl Smith-Bell
    June 29, 2017 at 10:38 am

    I vote two. Much the best in your mock up, it balances the other side of the house. The other option, would be a repeat of the LR and Breakfast room windows, but that my not give you the counter/desk/work area you want, and it may just be to much matchy, matchy.
    Pray about it, and it will all be clear to you in the AM!

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    Laurie
    June 29, 2017 at 10:41 am

    What about a large window that incorporates a picture window in the center with two narrower windows on the sides?

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    Laurie
    June 29, 2017 at 10:42 am

    What about a large window that incorporates a picture window in the center with two narrower double-hung flanker windows on the sides?

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    Ann
    June 29, 2017 at 10:48 am

    I personally like the two as it balances the other side more to me. Having two would also provide the opportunity to have a whiteboard or display board between, or just an inspirational piece of art above your work station. That said, either option would look nice with the changes you are implementing.

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    Brenda Pawloski
    June 29, 2017 at 10:58 am

    When it comes to windows, more is more. The Rule of Threes. Once in a while a rule (or guideline) is right. I don’t think you will be sorry if you get three but if you are sorry in a year or two come back to me and I’ll refund you my fee for this opinion 😉 http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-rule-of-threes-and-other-odd-numbers-218086

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    LindaK
    June 29, 2017 at 10:59 am

    I just like the look of three better. it doesn’t look like you are trying to copy from the opposite end of the house where there are two shuttered windows and it is different from the living room and breakfast room so it isn’t a copy of those.
    Three balances the other end of the house but gives it a unique look as well, if that makes any sense.

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    Destiny
    June 29, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Two windows add balance to the other side of the house with two windows, plus having three and then three of another style side by side may look busy. Also, thinking about it from the inside, if you are going to have a desktop there you may want room on the walls to hang some notes about projects, calendar, etc.

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    Sophia
    June 29, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I actually like both, though I do feel I want to see french doors in place of the center window, of the three, so maybe two is better since you will not be putting a door where you want your work table.

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    Sharon
    June 29, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Two windows look the best visually from outside, and it would also give you more wall space on the inside. If you have a workspace below the windows then you will need cute displays (corkboard, pegboard) on the wall over that area. Whatever you decide will be fabulous!

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    karen
    June 29, 2017 at 11:11 am

    three

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    Theresa M
    June 29, 2017 at 11:19 am

    I think either looks great, which is why you are having a hard time deciding. For someone like you that changes your mind frequently, I can see your dilemma. Whatever you choose is going to work out great and your studio space is going to be beautiful. Once you make your decision, turn off the “but what if I did this” in your head and move full steam ahead. That will give you peace and allow your mind to free up for more fun things. Good luck and I can’t wait to continue following along.

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    S HART
    June 29, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Three if light is Moreno important to you and it will be more and more important as you age, I be from experience. 2 if you would like shelves on the sides above the desk are to store notions. I like having stuff I can reach up and take off the shelf to use while sewing or painting. It is also good to be able to ser what i have I I don’t repeat buy because I don’t want to have to look for it. Just my thoughts, you know how you will be using the space and aesthetics can be addressed with either 2 or 3.

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    Jackie Burrell
    June 29, 2017 at 11:23 am

    I personally like the 2 windows. I like symmetry. Are these the only windows in the room or will you have windows on the other outside wall? I know you are putting a door on the driveway side but I can’t remember if you were doing windows. I think 2 wider windows actually bring in more light than 3 thin windows. Just my opinion.

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    janartist
    June 29, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I prefer asymmetry but I have to put my feelings aside and say that 2 is much more harmonious visually from your mock-up.

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    Mrs Mike
    June 29, 2017 at 11:30 am

    If I remember correctly, the breakfast room has the door that leads into the studio? I think it’s a natural flow to keep three windows, since that’s what is in there. Unless you have a cookie cutter house and it will be the only one different on the entire street (and even then, different isn’t always bad!) go with what you know you like, since this isn’t a project you can re-do in a year if doesn’t really make you happy. 🙂 And I LOVE your re-do’s, so that’s not criticism!

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    Sharon C
    June 29, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Ohhh, difficult decision. I like the 2 windows, if they could just be a little more rectangle, and not so square. I think the 2 balances out the other end of your house. Also IF it was my new studio, I’d like the option of 2 from the interior point of view to be able to have something decorative on the inside wall between the 2 windows to make that a nice wall feature. On saying that, I’m not against the 3 windows either from an exterior view……..I think you have to now focus on the inside set up and decor, which will make your exterior decision more clear. Both look good and I don’t envy your decision.

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    my2cents
    June 29, 2017 at 11:39 am

    2. But do what ever floats your boat. But I would choose 2. Looks cleaner.

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    Rae
    June 29, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Two windows, but I think they need to be the exact same size and the windows on the left side of your house, having them smaller makes it look like that’s more of an add-on to the house, rather than flow with the rest of it.

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    Phyllis
    June 29, 2017 at 11:44 am

    I don’t have time to read all the comments now, so this may have already been stated. I think it would look a lot better if you had two wide windows with NO space between them making them look like one large window. It just looks like there are too many shutters to me on that one wall. I think connecting the windows and just ending up with two shutters would look a lot better.

    Phyllis

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    HeatherB
    June 29, 2017 at 11:53 am

    No time to read other comments, but I think two balances the other side well; three seems…busy? Plus, I think it might be nice to have that little wall space between the two to have a cork board for inspiration/mood board/planning or shelves for easy access storage for the project du jour. My two cents. The 3 doesn’t look bad, though. You’ll be fine either way; this would just be my preference (and this from someone who generally thinks, “The more windows, the better!”)

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    Sheri
    June 29, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I would go with how easy the function of the windows would be. If you will be opening and closing them often, are they going to be a pain reaching across your workspace to do so?

    Love all your projects!

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    Marcia B.
    June 29, 2017 at 11:57 am

    I usually subscribe to the design principle of odd numbers, but not in this case. I like the symmetry the two windows provide, balancing out the facade on the left. I also agree with just about all the other reasons cited in favor of two windows, especially that three windows are too “busy.” I’d describe that wall as looking cluttered with three windows.

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    Jannelle
    June 29, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    You will spend more time in the space working than outside looking in. How do each of the options compare from the inside? Which better fits your functionality?

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    Molly
    June 29, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    i’m on the 2 bus!

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    Judy
    June 29, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Personally, I love the look of an older house that has been restored. And I especially like the older houses that have a sun porch. If you use three windows, it will give the look of a sun porch. Using two will look more modern-rancher. IMHO. Also, I like the fact that you would receive more natural light when working on your projects, if you go with three windows. Therefore, I vote for 3.

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    Golda
    June 29, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I noticed you mentioned some windows with shutters and some without. Is there a reason some don’t have shutters? Have you thought of three windows together with shutters on each end.. The only reason I don’t care for 2 windows is that so many times it just shouts garage conversion probably because the windows are put in the holes left when the garage doors were removed.

    I know I’ll like whatever you decide. You are the one who will have to look at it for years.

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    Elle
    June 29, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Go with long windows. Two or three, it won’t matter significantly. Buy roll up from the bottom blinds, install your work surface right in front of them. You will hate short windows every time you drive up to your house. You will regret them.

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    Linda
    June 29, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I like just the two with shutters. It balances better with the other end of the house. It also envelopes the two center sets of the three in both living and breakfast room. Hope that makes sense.

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    Susie
    June 29, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I like the two windows better because I would prefer the shutters to have the same proportions as the windows on the left side of the house. In fact, I would prefer the windows to just be the same size as the other two, height and width. I realize you are putting a work surface along that wall, but I don’t see a problem with the work surface being higher than the window sill. If you wanted to, the work surface could be an inch or two in from the wall with a short “backsplash” attached to keep stuff from falling off the back.
    Imagine something like this:
    http://www.eqkitchenline.com/eq-thars157a-stainless-steel-kitchen-catering-table-backsplash-bottom-shelf-59.html
    but built-in and made of wood. I guess you would be able to see it from outside, but if that is a problem you could use shades like in your living room that can go up from the bottom.

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    C O'Neill
    June 29, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    3, two makes it look like a garage someone converted to a work space. My neighborhood is full of garage conversions with the 2 windows, of course I live back East. As an artist 3 windows with proportional shutters that look like they function, actually balances your house.

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    Cathy
    June 29, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    My vote is for 2 windows.

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    connie
    June 29, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    I like two options: (I know not much help) I like the two windows with shutters but I also wonder what it would do if you repeated the triple window like the one by the front door.Good luck!

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    Jennifer
    June 29, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    TWO

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    Sande
    June 29, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    I agree with two windows !

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    Gwen
    June 29, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    I’d say two, and I’d want some faux window box type detailing under them to help lengthen them visually and give some architectual interest to that wall. (Or real flower boxes if you’re into gardening of course).

    faux (not perfect example, but you get the idea): http://ww1.prweb.com/prfiles/2011/12/13/9037684/777.jpg

    real:
    http://www.exteriorsolutions.com/images/product/large/624_2_.jpg

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    Judy O'Brien
    June 29, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    If you are looking for more light, have you thought of sky lights. There are some that have a way of opening to let in fresh air. (probably expensive, but in the long run, would be worth it.

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    Allison
    June 29, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Here are two things that really stand out in my mind:
    1) I do think shutters are needed on the windows to balance the left side. I think the windows like you have in the breakfast room and living room (like some have suggested) would look out of place there.

    2) Possibly consider using the full length windows with your work space in front of them, or having trim/window boxes to give the illusion of elongating the windows. I think two windows done this way would be the best balanced.

    Looking forward to the process!

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    Cindy
    June 29, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Three windows. Definitely. It looks best and gives you all that wall space between.

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    Marianne in Mo.
    June 29, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Not that you need yet another opinion, but I go with two. Visually, from the street view, that looks balanced with the other end of the house. Three, with shutters, seems crowded, and three without shutters or with skimpy ones seem to cheapen the look.

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    Linda DeA
    June 29, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Two windows.

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    Carole Prisk
    June 29, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Three looks too crowded in your mock up. Two looks better to me.

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    Courtney
    June 29, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    I’m drawn to the two window option, but I would not go as wide. I prefer to see more siding between the shutters, and on the inside it would leave more wall space above the desk, which could work well for art, sconces, mirror, etc…

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    Vicki
    June 29, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    On a practical note, two windows will give you more wall space inside to hang scissors and other crafty paraphernalia.

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    Matt "The Hubs" Linauer
    June 29, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    OMG Princess. Your plans look uber fantastic for our house. Makes me giddy like a school boy stealing his first kiss. btw I vote for two windows.

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      Kristi
      June 29, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      You are insane. 😀 I may have preferred you as a silent observer of my blog. 😀 Just kiddin.

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    Dawn
    June 29, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    TWO! I am sure I am echoing others, but 3 windows with the french door is too much/busy. The 2 window option is more balanced and in keeping with the homes’ relaxed vibe.

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    Michael
    June 29, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    I vote for 2 as the right side of the house should balance with the left. The banks of 3 windows in the living room and breakfast room balance each other out already. I do think you’re making a mistake by having shorter windows in front versus taller options. I understand why you want this, but I think it will look strange (and dated – Reminds me of houses built in the 50s and 60s) to have short windows. Can you move your work space to the right wall or break up the expansive area with smaller work spaces and window seats that have storage under the larger windows?

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    Mary
    June 29, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    i agree with the two windows.

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    Christy
    June 29, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    I have been following your blog for awhile and never commented before, mainly because it is your house and you should go with your gut. But I felt I needed to comment tonight on this. Two windows is definitely the way to go from the outside and if you can do the longer ones do that. I live in an 1880 home in a neighborhood of old homes and we all have windows that extend close to the floor. We have had to just accept this fact when designing. There is nothing wrong with having your workspace in front of them with some of the window below the surface. I actually like it because it brings light to an otherwise dark area. It doesn’t look odd from the outside and there are plenty of pictures on Pinterest and Houzz to give you an idea of what it will look like.

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    Theresa P
    June 29, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    What are the proportions of the windows on the left side of the house? 60in tall by x? wide? Maybe you could keep that same proportion but using the shorter height that you need to accommodate your long desk/workspace. And use 3 of the windows with those proportions. For some reason, the change in the proportion of the windows that happens in your mock up with just 2 windows on the studio feels off to me. Maybe with some plantings, I wouldn’t feel that way, though. Anyway, just a thought.

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    Tracy
    June 29, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Well, I bet you’re glad you ask our opinions, because I’m sure it’s crystal clear to you now, right?😜 I agree with the person that said make sure your mock up is to scale, because what could be on paper vs in person might be dramatic. Pick what is most pleasing to you from the outside, you can make the inside all work later. Wouldn’t you hate to drive up to your house everyday and be annoyed with it? Don’t forget that landscaping can play a role when balancing out things also.

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    Ann
    June 29, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Two shuttered windows on the right balances better with the two shuttered windows on the left.

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    Maggie
    June 30, 2017 at 3:14 am

    My vote is 2 but perhaps a bit wider,and with shutters. Good luck!

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    Victoria
    June 30, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Does your workbench have to go on the front wall?

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    Linda Southworth
    June 30, 2017 at 6:33 am

    There’s no law that says you have to use shutters. It’s important to have the proper lighting. I would go for 3 windows and beef up the window trim. There are plenty of houses that do not have shutters on every window.

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    Annie
    June 30, 2017 at 8:18 am

    My vote is for 2 if you are committed to the 48″ windows, however why can’t you have 60″? If your sewing/craft table is not a perm fixture 3 60″ windows would be great.

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    cathy Loftis
    June 30, 2017 at 8:26 am

    two windows with shutters and window boxes.

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