Some windows are dramatic enough all on their own. These at Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, for instance, don’t need any accoutrements to increase their impact. In most homes, however, windows typically require enhancement. In the SoMoToHo, as in most residential applications, window treatments of some kind were not only desirable from a design standpoint but also necessary for privacy concerns. As importantly, we needed something to block the sun. Particularly in Texas, you can get too much of a good thing in a hurry when it comes to sunshine.
This pic is of the family room after flooring and paint and window replacement. The windows to the right are west-facing. Even though there is significant vegetation and a covered porch outside, the sun during a Texas summer could easily and quickly turn that room into an oven. And the ceiling fan would just make it a convection oven.
So. Some wooden Roman shades for protection
formed the basis of our window treatment plan. Debra wanted to add some pizzazz to the drapes, so she decided to add trim that cost more per linear foot (by a significant sum) than the entire panel. She decided that she could attach the trim to the drapes, herself. And, by golly, she could!She assures me that, despite the expense of the trim, we still came out ahead on the cost of the drapes and who am I to doubt it?
Installing window treatments involves ladder work, particularly when your ceilings are 10′. I’m not sure why the architect of this house decided to stop the windows nearly three feet from the ceiling – Debra thinks it has something to do with symmetry of appearance from the outside. I believe that the more glass, the better and the windows should have extended up at least another foot. In any event, we decided to hang the shades higher than the top of the window frame to visually extend them. That’s why the brackets that I’m installing in the pic below are so high. One of the biggest problems for me in hanging window treatments always has been getting everything level over large spans of space. I’ve used multiple 4′ carpenter’s levels; I’ve popped chalk lines on the wall. Then, I bought the gadget below as a Christmas present for Debra (hey, I thought she would think it was pretty cool, too):It’s a Stanley Laser Stud Sensor Line Level and it makes this work miles easier. They have all sorts of laser products that help make things level and square and plumb in ways virtually unimaginable even a few years ago. One up. Looks pretty good. The visual line will work. We could have avoided the ghost of the window with black out shades – which we would have done, had this been a bedroom – but this will work just fine. Shades up, curtain rods hung. Just waiting on Debra’s drapes. And there they are. That’s kind of a close-up, and here is a view of the finished window treatment at night:And another in the daytime (you might also notice a new, sleeker fan, as well):We’ll dress up more windows as we go through the SoMoToHo transformation. Let me know what you think, and thanks for reading!
The Chrysalis Casa blog is dedicated to my dad, Sam Barrett, who taught me the difference between level and square and plumb, and that a man should be all three.