Benjamin Sullivan
31 July 2015
The Basics of Cottage Windows 


The cottage – your home away from home, and ultimate summer hideaway. It’s an escape from our real world responsibilities and where curling up with a good book is a full-day activity. 

Nestled on lake shores and tucked away deep within forests, cottages are meant to be one with nature, and using natural light is an important concept of cottage design. The placement and design of windows for your cottage can emphasize the beauty of your surroundings and provide warming sunlight. Listed below are some basic window ideas and principles that you can use to enhance your cottage experience!

Matching the window to the room

Cottages come in different shapes and sizes, but there are always some basic guidelines for each individual room. Traditionally the living room is the largest part of any home and utilizing big double hung windows can give your cottage an open atmosphere. A slider window is also a favourable choice for windows that are wider than they are tall.

The dining and bathroom areas are both more private and benefit from smaller windows. Glass blocks and texture glass are both a great medium that allow light into a bathroom without comprising privacy. For dining rooms, single hung windows are a good option, but don’t feel that every room needs a window- sometimes letting a chandelier or light fixture take the spotlight can give a space some personality!

For kitchens and bedrooms, awnings and casement windows are a good fit. Awning windows open at the bottom and are easily accessible over a sink, as opposed to a double hung. Since awning windows open outward, make sure branches from trees or tall hedges don’t interfere with the mechanism. Casement windows are similar to awnings, but open from the side. Hot tip: casements create a lot of air flow due to their design, and are a great way to ventilate a stuffy bedroom.


Knowing when and where to utilize sunlight is a key concept for window placement. The coziest rooms in the cottage are usually the ones that get the most sunlight, but trying to feed natural light into all of your rooms can be overkill. 

Using a compass, find out where east and west are in relation to your cottage; windows that are facing the sun directly will need shades or curtains to keep the light from becoming disruptive. Skylights are a fantastic option for bringing natural light to your cottage, and they provide a stellar view of the constellations at night. 

Rules are made to be broken

In the end, exterior design is an art, and sometimes not playing by the rules can result in a truly individualized cottage. At Nova Doors and Windows, we take great care in providing the guidelines and knowledge necessary to create a comfortable, stylish home and the living spaces within, but we’re always excited to see something out of the ordinary. Whether you’re replacing a single window or designing your dream cottage from the ground up, we’ve got your back. For more information, drop by for a consultation and speak to one of our staff.

Amazing crew, the two installers were punctual, of good humor, and very skilled in their workmanship, even with the additional repair required on a Friday morning before a long weekend. They were both truly professional and I commend them both! A job very well done!

Mike L.


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