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Expert Tips on Designing Cape Cod Windows

The windows of Cape Cod homes are widely similar to those of other traditional houses. The things that give cape units character, though, are the details unique to them.

Expert Tips on Designing Cape Cod Windows

To pull your Cape Cod window replacement off, Renewal by Andersen® of San Francisco recommends the following design tips:

Go Oriel-Style

Like other styles, this architecture style is big on double-hung windows. Unlike most, however, it features units with unequal sash heights. A quintessential Cape Cod window has a longer upper panel, which is refreshing to casual observers.

Renewal by Andersen of San Francisco offers different versions of double-hung windows. One of them is the oriel, which matches the aesthetic requirements of Cape Cod units. 

Use Crisscross Grilles

The Cape Cod style evolved from the Colonial style so the replacement windows must have crisscross grilles. Since this architecture utilizes double-hung units with unequal sash heights, it uses a nine-over-six pattern.

Color the Sashes Green

Traditionally, Cape Cod windows use lighter colors. Modern interpretations of them, however, tend to lean towards darker hues. Forest green is a popular choice for the frame exterior color. To set it off, use white for the trim. The interior colors remain light to this day to de-emphasize the windows.

Make Some “Double-Hung” Windows Crank Out

Cape Cod homes occasionally non-sash replacement windows, especially casement units, but they are more of a necessity than an option these days. Casement windows are perfect candidates to meet the local fire egress code for they open the widest among all operating units. Typically, the building regulation requires at least one casement window in every finished room.

To have a cohesive window design throughout the house, though, we recommend using a simulated double-hung grille pattern. It allows casement units to masquerade as sash windows and to trick the untrained eye.

Let us put your Cape Cod window replacement into motion. Call Renewal by Andersen of San Francisco at (510) 263-3210 today to schedule your free in-home consultation at your most convenient date and time. We serve homeowners in San Francisco, CA, and the neighboring communities.


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