Home building: Bringing the outside in

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We’ve got a meeting today with our architect, and we’re stressed about it. Because we can’t make up our minds. We’d love to use frameless windows to blur the delineation between our indoor and outdoor spaces, but don’t know if that’s possible if we go with a Tudor.

View of the back of the house.

Our first home, you see, had beautiful natural light that made each room come alive. It drew us from place to place: from the kitchen to the family room; from the family room to the living room. Large windows connected us to daylight and nature during long Minnesota winters.

Our living room windows in our first home.

“From within the living room the effect is dramatic – a sort of yin and yang, wide open on one side of the house and sheltered and contained on the other.” – Sarah Susanka in Home by Design

When we first saw our new lot, we imagined rooms with a similar warm glow. But because of where we’ve placed our garage in our design plans, our interior won’t have much access to southern light.

Looking out on our new lot.

Now we’re thinking about moving our garage, or turning our home on the lot. But will that take us away from a Tudor? And will a turned home look, well, weird?

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9 comments on this post.
  1. mama:

    …from experience I found it is much more cost effective to make changes on plans prior to the beginning of a project…hugs…ma

  2. Anon:

    If you want frameless windows, then you don’t want a Tudor. If you want a non-traditional lot placement, then you don’t want a Tudor.

    If you’re committed to the Tudor style, then resign yourself to actual window frames with muntins and a traditional siting.

    Basically, even though you like the look of Tudors, that style does not sound like it is functionally right for you. As mama said above, now is the time to rethink things if you’re going to do so.

  3. Allison:

    I would throw the question back to your architects. You have a problem to solve that you can articulate well. You’ve hired brilliant creative minds. Let them offer solutions and trust the right answer is within the recommendation(s). “Tudor”, “frameless windows” are tactical applications. You have a problem at the strategic/value level. Relax and let them help you. Good luck.

  4. L. Eleana:

    I know this is stressful for you, but it sounds so exciting! I’m thinking do whatever it takes to get the southern light… I know you’re going to love this house, and I can’t wait to see the end result.

  5. MES:

    Go for the south sun! You’ll never be sorry. M

  6. Esther Irish:

    Wow you have so much vision! I just buy the house and take it like it is, when we get tired of it we buy a new house! :) Oh and I liked the does it cause marital stress. lol Stopping from the Mom Loop.

  7. Jenn:

    Marital stress, yes! I’m afraid to build a home for this reason among others LOL. Love the idea of all the natural light. Very important for the winter blues.
    Stopping by from Mom Loop

  8. JDaniel4's Mom:

    Stopping from Mom Loop! I love the Tutor idea. I don’t know if the changes will be harmful to your plan.

  9. redmenace:

    Your lot looks gorgeous! You are a lucky woman, for sure. I think the tudor will be amazing!

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