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30 Clerestory Window Ideas With Pros And Cons
Windows are a must for every home and thinking of them we usually imagine something traditional – a large or average window right in the center of the wall. But what about more creative windows that add special charm and more light to the space? Do you consider having a skylight or a clerestory one? Let me share some ideas on the latter and maybe you’ll want them.
Clerestory windows are large windows placed above eye level to illuminate an interior space with natural light. They’re typically placed in a row right below the roofline, but they can also sit above roof lines or overhangs to maximize the amount of light in a given space. Clerestory windows date all the way back to ancient Egypt. Ancient Egyptians made use of clerestory windows by cutting slits into giant slabs of stone in order to illuminate halls and temples. Centuries later, these windows became a standard architectural feature of the upper levels of both Romanesque and Gothic churches.
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Clerestories are located high in the walls, close to the roof, which leads some people to say that they are wonderful because they allow to see the sky and the top of the trees. Still, clerestory windows should be properly designed and positioned to avoid serious overheating and heat loss problems.
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Clerestory windows can be used in conjunction with high mass walls and floors, properly designed and positioned to store solar heat during the sunny parts of the day to heat the house during the coolest parts of the day. Clerestories are, in this case, located in the sunny side of the house, protected from the summer’s sun by the roofline or by overhangs or other projecting architectural features. That’s very important: clerestory windows should be recessed into thick walls; or protected by other means.
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It’s hard to find blinds, shades, coverings or other sunlight control devices for clerestory windows. But the devices used for skylights, roof windows, or for common windows can be used or adapted for clerestories.
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