While anyone can get windows in standard shapes and size, there’s no reason your project needs to be standard.
Pella Windows & Doors of Wisconsin Trade Sales Manager Bill Weber.
Every homeowner has unique personal preferences. Builders, architects, and home designers who do great work are known for thinking outside the box and going beyond typical, everyday ideas.
Custom windows with special shapes are an excellent way to make a home or commercial building stand out from everything else on the block.
They add curb appeal and can create a more enjoyable living experience for homeowners.
We spoke with Bill Weber, Trade Sales Manager for Pella Windows & Doors of Wisconsin, headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to get ideas for customizing projects with special shaped windows.
Windows with Graceful Curves
Curved Pella Windows.
A popular way to add elegance to a home is installing curved windows.
“Ellipticals and arch heads with radiuses I think are just classic and timeless,” Bill Weber says. “They always add a certain creative style to any room. It also allows you to take advantage of the taller walls. A lot of homes today are built with 9 or 10 foot ceilings that’s become more common than the 8-foot ceilings.”
Weber also says curved windows installed on top of standard shapes can create “the feeling of a bigger more voluminous room.”
Arched windows are ideal if you’re going for a romantic architectural style. They could work well in Châteauesque style homes as well as Italian Renaissance inspired designs, Gothic, and New American styles. Some Victorian style homes use curved shapes for eyebrow windows as well.
Windows with Contemporary Angles
Courtesy: Wisconsin Log Homes
Perhaps your personal style is a bit edgier. In that case, consider angled window shapes to give your project a more modern look.
“I tend to see more straight lines for modern homes,” says Weber.
If you want the home to have a more contemporary look and feel, take a minimalistic approach. Use windows to create clean lines throughout the home. It can give you a very striking appearance.
You’ll often notice angular windows used in custom log homes, like those built by our partner Wisconsin Log Homes (pictured above). It’s an effective way to combine a modern look with a rustic feel.
Large Windows for Letting In Light
Pella windows that let in light.
Allowing the sun to bathe the inside your home with light is another consideration for modern homes.
“Modern homes are definitely trying to let in as much light as possible,” Weber says. “So by being able to offer those non-standard sizes and shapes we can create something pretty unique and wonderful to accomplish that.”
Obviously, a home or commercial building with high ceilings is ideal for expansive windows. They are an especially nice idea if your project is located somewhere with an incredible view, like a Wisconsin lake.
“If they’ve got a certain vista they’re looking out at, they can ‘picture frame’ that with certain shapes and sizes,” Weber explains.
Windows in Assorted Geometric Shapes
Gothic Shaped Windows.
The shapes and sizes of windows available from Pella go far beyond arches and angles. You can choose from just about any shape to produce an eye-catching exterior.
“Sometimes you can create unique combinations of windows that might include trapezoids, triangles, parallelograms, shapes you don’t see everywhere,” says Weber.
The home above features a shape known as “gothic.” There are a series of smaller teardrop-shaped windows along with a large one directly above the home’s entrance.
Circular windows are a nice accent if the goal is to achieve a nautical feel, or you can choose windows in the shape of a hexagons and octagons for a similar effect.
Weber recalls a home built on the shores of Lake Michigan that included a combination of Pella windows in a very artistic design.
“The only way I can explain it is it was almost like a butterfly shape,” he says. “The architect had drawn that and our rep worked with Pella corporate to design it and create it.”
The experts at Pella can help design just about anything that’s within reason. But, Weber reminds us that most homeowners will want windows that are structurally sound and thermally efficient.
“The windows still have to withstand our weather in Wisconsin,” Weber explains. “If not, obviously that’s a conversation you need to have to determine if it still makes sense.”
Custom Window Grilles
Yet another way that can add some personality to windows is with custom grilles. They are available in many different styles.
Custom window grille
“There’s a lot of design flexibility with different grille options,” says Weber.
“There are a lot more standard options available from Pella than there was 10 or 20 years ago, but people will still come up with pretty unique options.”
One of the most unbelievable window designs Bill Weber ever came across he witnessed when he first began working for Pella, 20 years ago. He went to Pella’s corporate offices for some training and saw a huge circular window on display that he thinks was between 8 to 12 feet in diameter.
“It was a massive window in a hunter green clad color, and it had this really unique grille pattern,” Weber recalls.
On the pedestal there was a plaque that read, “Someone asked us if we could make a window in the shape of a star …”
“But it’s a circular window,” says Weber. “Then if you step back and look at the grille pattern, it was the face of Marilyn Monroe.”
Possibilities With Windows From Pella
From Marilyn’s face to butterfly shapes, it’s probably quite apparent now that you can do just about anything with special shapes and custom windows from Pella.
“Really, your imagination is the limit,” says Weber. “When it comes to people who are working with a designer or an architect and they want to put their signature on something, you can get outside of the box that way, and we can have something custom made.”
So whether you’re a home designer or architect looking to complete a project with special windows, or a homeowner looking for creative ideas – turn to Pella Windows & Doors of Wisconsin.
Give your local representative a call, or contact us through our website to find out more. You can also call 1-800-242-1008 and we’ll put you in touch with the right person for your project. Or, get in touch with us through our Showroom page. We look forward to hearing from you.