Timber frame homes tend to have lots of windows…windows to bring in light and to expand your living space visually. This is one of the secrets of “living larger” in a timber frame than in a conventionally built home similar in size.
As Spring is here and Summer on the way, we enjoy the ever changing vista afforded by the windows on every side. The trees blooming and then greening up, the flowers showing colorful faces for their time, the grass greening up and even the freshly swept porch, wooing us to come sit a spell.
Our own timber frame happens to be situated where there are no “next door” neighbors, so all of our windows are uncovered (except the guest bedroom which has blinds as a courtesy to those not used to curtainless living). This means the sun streams in all day.
The difference in the Winter sun and the Spring sun is slight, but noticeable. The Summer will soon bring it’s sunny side into our home. Then Fall will be here, dressed in bright reds and yellows, sharing color before the quiet Winter sun comes to visit.
Because our timber frame plan was designed to maximize the concept of daylighting, we seldom turn on lights until darkness approaches. This natural light is healthy and enjoyable and it allows us to minimize our energy costs.
The savings are considerable and a nice “side effect” of daylighting.
So, plan carefully, and maximize your living space with windows. You’ll be glad you did.