I’ve got a feeling this will be round one of several attempts to plan the window dressings. Already I’ve been thinking about the options for months. Slowly the picture is becoming clearer.
First, check out this “cool” tool at SunCalc that shows you from which direction the sun will shine on your house at various times of the day and year. This example shows the direction of sun at Cicerello’s (fish and chip shop) in Mandurah today. I used a public address so you can see the full screen and all the options available.
To protect House By The Water’s location, I’ve zoomed in for the next shot. You can see the angle of the sun from dawn (yellow line) to sunset (redline). Our main living area (on the canal side of the property) is going to cop the afternoon sun. In the middle of summer, the sun will set over the water which will probably create a lot of reflection. The roof of the alfresco area will shade most of the living area, but as the sun gets very low we’ll need window dressings (in addition to external shade). Our living/dining area has a lot of large windows, including the void space above the living room.
Over the months I’ve played with the idea of curtains versus blinds but my conclusion is that we need blinds. The curtains can be optional extras added later depending on how the mood of the space evolves, not to mention budget.
I love the clean, minimal look of blinds such as those pictured below. They allow the view to be the star.
On the other hand, I love the homeliness and softness of curtains, and in particular, linen.
At the simpler end of the house, lies the children’s bedrooms and the bathrooms. For these rooms we think plantation shutters will be a great option. There is no particular view from the front of the house (we think!) and shutters are easily handled by children, control the light well and can add a layer of insulation to the windows.
We had shutters previously, all over the house, and loved them:
And for the master bedroom, we must have some linen curtains, probably with blinds hiding behind them. I have a serious weakness for linen:
And of course, the smart option is to shade the windows from the outside. Trees, I can do. Blinds and screens? – I haven’t scratched the surface of these options yet, but there are certainly some inspiring alternatives available. I fear the logistics and the prices at this point.
So you see, another can of worms is opened. Later, I’ll try to be more specific. I thought I’d throw it all out there now because I know my readers always have some suggestions for me. My Mum has been scaring me with curtain prices and the whole insect screen debacle (which is still in the “too hard” basket) has been a warning to me that balancing sun control, view maintenance, privacy, aesthetics and budget is not going to be easy.