How to Use a Kitchen Garden Greenhouse Window
Perhaps you’d like to take advantage of an herb garden for cooking year round – or maybe you’d like to keep some of your potted plants alive during harsh winters….. if so a kitchen garden window may be just the choice. In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, options and places to use garden window.
Definition – A garden window is a 4 glass sided window that comes out from the house to increase light and provide views and fresh air from multiple sides. This window is most commonly used above a kitchen sink for growing plants (and for that reason is sometimes called a greenhouse window).
Advantages of a Garden Kitchen Window
- Maximizes the views– Since these windows protrude out for the home you get a wider view of a backyard, side yard, or front yard.
- Provide a place for plants to grow or for knick knacks – With glass on 4 sides this plant window (as it’s sometimes called) can provide a greenhouse environment which improves the growth of plants – year round.
- Add more light– With glass on the top, 2 sides and the middle more light will flow into a kitchen or master bathroom area.
- Offers improve ventilation – With 2 side casement windows (i.e. crank out windows) the garden window can provide cross ventilation. Since this window is often placed above a sink it can help to remove cooking smells after a meal as well.
- Provides heat gain during the winter – Picture windows let the sunlight shine in to warm the home on a sunny winter day.
- Window box will make the room look bigger – The 4 sided construction will add depth to a room.
Disadvantages of Garden Kitchen Windows
- Solar heat gain – You may want to use an insulated glass package to minimize heat gain.
- Can be a more expensive window– Given their multi-sided construction garden windows are more expensive than the standard double hung, casement or slider windows they often replace.
- Will need to be cleaned from the outside– Since the top and middle windows are fixed they will need to be cleaned from outside.
Add more style with these options:
- Interior veneer trim options to match traditional style decors
- Multiple vinyl frame color choices to accent the curb appeal of your home
- Decorative window grids and grills
- Higher energy efficient windows with upgraded glass packages.
- Self cleaning glass.
Where to use a Garden Greenhouse Windows
These windows are most often found in kitchens and occasionally in master bathrooms as well.
Do you have any questions or advice about how to use a garden window? Please comment below.
To learn more about garden windows or to get free consultation contact Cleveland Window Company (216-531-6363) or Clear Choice Window & Door in Columbus (614-252-5888) or in Cincinnati (513-742-5900)
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Linda – given the roofing requirements often involved with a kitchen window box it’s best to get a local contractor to look at what needs done and to quote you. Where is your project located? Mike
I have a kitchen window box that needs to be replace . I am checking prices. Can you help me ?
Shelly – you usually have a roof which is built over the garden window. With this one you’ll be best served by finding a local company who supplies and installs garden windows and send them a picture of what you’re looking to do and they can give you input if it’s feasible or not – thanks for your comment – Mike
I have a kitchen window, southern exposure, but underneath a porch. Is a kitchen garden window futile?
Yes Robin – the cats find all the fun places to nap! Mike
It is also a great place for the cats to nap!!
We are buying a house with a kitchen garden window. What do we use for Hurricane coverage? Do you make a cover of some kind for these windows for storm protection?
We are looking for a white, modern, rounded-style, no shelf or middle support bar.