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What Are the Different Types of Cottage Windows?

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The right windows can make the cottage living experience even more enjoyable. Cottage windows in a living room might be very wide to allow plenty of light to come into the cabin home. This might not be needed in a bathroom, so windows there might be narrow rectangles or small circular shapes. These might be lifted by raising them from the bottom, swinging them open, or cranking. Windows in an elaborate holiday cottage can sometimes resemble glass walls.

A family cottage may have picture windows in the living room, dining room, or den. These cottage windows might be as wide as 6 feet (1.8 m) and 3 to 4 feet (0.92 to 1.2 m) tall. Some of them may have panes across the length of the window itself, while others may have panes on only one side of the fixture.

Cottage windows in a bathroom might be very long and narrow ones. A popular size is one that is around 12 inches (30.48 cm) wide and 24 inches (60.96 cm) long. Those in a bathroom might also be round or oval ones placed very high on the wall, and these may be around 24 inches in diameter. These allow a small amount of light to come in without compromising privacy, which is why many homeowners choose them for their family cottage.

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Different styles of cottage windows also open in different ways. Many windows in a holiday cottage or second home can be opened by lifting a sash along the bottom edge of the structure. Others may have a crank on them which allows the units to partially open, and these are normally found on older cottage homes. Still others may have doors or shutters that swing to either side, and these are normally found in a rustic cabin home or the top floor of an elaborate beach cottage.

People who enjoy cabin living in a private mountain setting often choose windows that reach from the floor to nearly the top of the ceiling. This is normally done whenever the ceilings of the cabin home are very tall, or if the structure contains more than one story. Cathedral ceilings often work well with these types of cottage windows, but they could also be used with flat ceilings. Doing so can allow people to enjoy the beauty of nature no matter what room of the home they might be relaxing in.

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