Brief 

Maximizes all cottage views (not just the lake), more energy efficient, long-term cost savings, little to no maintenance, noise reductionو better, natural ventilation, are the features that lead us to modern windows.

 

Insight

For a lot of us, a cottage’s roof and walls exist to protect us from the elements. The windows, however, are the whole point—why spend time at the lake if you can’t spend your days staring at it?

But if it’s been a while, say 30 years or so, since you last looked at your windows rather than through them, it’s likely time to make a change. “Everything is improving,” says Alain Bourget, a cottager and the senior advisor of communications and marketing with Lepage Millwork in Rivière-du-Loup, Que.

And though a lot of variables come into play when you’re considering replacing windows—including the amount of light you want, the humidity of your water body, the direction your windows face, and the condition of the windows that you’re replacing—today’s offerings can save you up to 30 per cent each year in energy costs.

With so many design options available, Scott Robinson, a principal and the director of design with Tillmann Ruth Robinson Architects in Toronto and a cottager on Lake Eugenia, Ont., urges us to look at windows a bit differently: “Think of them as an opportunity to create views and an interior environment,” he says.

 

Throw some shade

“I look at light as another building material,” says Robinson. “You can use light and shadow to give form to interior space. If you have one expansive glass window, the light just comes in.

” More isn’t always better. How we invite light into our cottages, and therefore, where we place windows can help blur the line between interior and exterior. “It’s not just about the quantity of light,” says Robinson, “but the quality.” He suggests that we create a “rhythm,” with our windows.

 

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