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Window Seats with an Architectural Edge

Window Seats with an Architectural Edge

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    Bruce Damonte

    A street-facing picture window on the front of this midcentury home remodel gets a contemporary upgrade with a protruding steel frame to incorporate seating.
    Residential Architect, March-April 2012
    Bal House, Menlo Park, Calif.
    Terry & Terry Architecture, Berkeley, Calif.
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    Tim Bies

    Large windows offer expansive views of rugged central Idaho in all directions from this home’s open floorplan. The window seat is designed as a spot to take in the scenery—or a nap.
    Residential Architect, March-April 2009
    Outpost, central Idaho
    Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle
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    David J. Swift

    This bump-out perch connects a playroom to the great outdoors through floor-to-ceiling windows and an operable side panel. Leather cushions top a set of drawers to create additional seating and storage.
    Custom Home, Summer 2013
    Stephen Snyder Home, Jackson, Wyo.
    Carney Logan Burke Architects, Jackson
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    Whit Preston

    This built-out window’s glulam interior frame makes for a cozy alcove along the hallway connecting the kitchen to the master bedroom in this Texas ranch-house remodel. The window daylights a previously dark space while its bench complements the recessed bookcase installed in the opposite wall.
    Builder, June 2013
    Residence, Texas
    Furman + Keil Architects, Austin, Texas
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    Mike Sinclair

    Architect David Dowell, AIA, turned a small attic into a child’s bedroom by raising its recessed roof and adding a glassy dormer to let light in and offer a private nook to read or play.
    Residential Architect, March-April 2012
    Tyler Residence, Leawood, Kan.
    el dorado, Kansas City, Mo.
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    Robert Brewster

    Four cottage-style windows span one wall of this New England home, giving architects room for a window seat without distracting from the space’s traditional appeal.
    Builder, 2013
    Private Residence, Boston
    Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects, Boston
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    Timothy Hursley

    A steel box-frame window on the second story of this suburban remodel offers space for an inset bench that serves as a perch for observing  goings on indoors and out.
    Residential Architect, May-June 2010
    L-Stack House, Fayetteville, Ark.
    Marlon Blackwell Architect, Fayetteville, Ark.
It’s more than a spot to curl up with a book on a lazy afternoon. A spacious window recess fitted with warm wood and soft cushions can subtly increase a room’s usable area while showering the space in daylight. From classic cozy to sleek contemporary, window seats can offer a place for pause in hallways and bedrooms or add seating to large living rooms and kitchens. Wherever you plan to place your nook, consider these installations for inspiration: