Design Details: Wood Windows

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    Whit Preston

    In this Texas home, a glass corner window accented by clean wood lines allows owners to take full advantage of this site’s serene setting and old growth trees from the comfort of conditioned space. Project: Lakeview Residence, Austin, Texas; Architect: alterstudio, Austin

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    Matthew Carbone

    This series of wood windows takes on a geometric pattern that plays into the home’s updated farmhouse aesthetic. Project: Private Residence, Columbus, Ohio, area; Architect: Meyers + Associates Architecture, Columbus

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    Eric Staudenmaier

    A grown-up tree house in Los Angeles uses stacked corner and tilt-out windows to bring in views of the surrounding treetops. Project: Tree House, Los Angeles; Architect: Rockefeller Partners, El Segundo, Calif.; Builder: Preis Construction, Santa Monica, Calif.

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    Whit Preston

    A wall of glass is warmed by clean lines of wood millwork that frame views with minimal obstruction. Project: Lakeview Residence, Austin, Texas; Architect: alterstudio, Austin

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    Robert Brewster

    Even traditional wood windows have a dramatic effect when grouped four at a time, creating an updated version of a window seat without disrupting the feel of this classic New England home. Project: Private Residence, Boston area; Architect: Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects, Boston

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    Geometric lines of wood millwork artfully combine windows into a wall of glass that lends expansive views and blurs the boundaries between indoors and out while still adding visual interest. Project: Becherer House, Charlottesville, Va.; Architect: Robert M. Gurney, Washington, D.C.; Builder: Shelter Associates, Charlottesville, Va.

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    Lara Swimmer

    Wood windows topped by dormers of the same material enhance the natural vibe in this LEED-Platinum home, while triple-pane glass boosts its performance. Project: The Ellis Residence, Bainbridge Island, Wash.; Architect: Coates Design Architects, Bainbridge Island; Builder: Smallwood Design and Construction, Bainbridge Island

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    Warren Jagger

    For owners who wanted a contemporary home that also channels the aesthetic of surrounding rural Rhode Island farms, warm wood windows combine with heart-pine floors and exposed joists to counterbalance the lower level’s extensive use of steel and glass. Project: Field House, Sakonnet, R.I.; Architect: Estes/Twombly Architects, Newport, R.I.; Builder: Highland Builders, Tiverton, R.I.

Few elements in a home are as universally agreeable as a wood window. In traditional designs, wood windows lend a sense of quality and classic good looks. In modern homes, incorporating wood windows adds warmth while maintaining a natural palette that stays in-step with metal and concrete. As some of the examples in our slideshow illustrate, even large expanses of glass can benefit from wood, which can serve to subtly frame views or create bold designs. 

Claire Easley is a senior editor at Builder.