IMPORTANCE OF WINDOWS (Articles 2020)
Windows give the character to a house, just as final reflect the personality of a face. Small changes in style, finish, or proportions of windows can destroy the spirit of the home. Consider carefully the effect that changes will make to the outside as well as the inside of the building. Until the seventeenth century, most windows were of the four-panel casement type. They opened outwards (or inside) like a door on butt hinges. The particular irregularity of the glass is important, and such windows are ruined by insensitive and mechanical mental casements and phony lead lights.
Thereafter, the sash window became more common in Britain and America. Usually, they open vertically, but the horizontal-sliding sash windows have a peculiar charm work well in wide, low frames.
Today, we see greater use of glass, but originally windows were busily divided by mullions. The fine art of fenestration seems to have fallen by the wayside. Proper led lights, decorative Georgian fan-lights, and the dignified proportions conveyed by satisfying geometry of wooden mullions seem to be a thing of the past. Replacing old windows with modern versions is almost always to the detriment of the house. Unfortunately, almost all double-glazing is hideous and mental-frame windows are heinous, terrible crimes committed in the name of fuss-free windows. And blocking in a window or a glazed door can have a quit disproportionate effect on the light within-look closely at the path of light shed by the glazing in question before you decide to remove it.