It’s time for history to repeat itself with classic window designs.

For centuries, window designs had identifiable features and characteristics that marked their place in architectural history. Today, builders are recognizing which of these features to mimic or recreate in order to achieve a classical look for a modern home. These characteristics are often narrowed down to casing, sill detail, and divided lite patterns. With these timeless window styles, homeowners revive that archival aesthetic while also having the functionality of a modern window. JELD-WEN has a variety of window designs that can meet this desire for the historical, bringing a classic look into modern day.  

Exterior casing detail 

One prominent characteristic from the 1700s was heavy exterior casing detail. These windows had wider, heavier, and more pronounced casing that emphasized each window and popped out from the house. Builders and architects from the 18th century typically used wide, flat, or profiled casing to accent the window and door presence for a home. Crown molding pediment or backband were also popular during this time, their purpose being to draw attention while providing strength over the window.  

Though modern windows often have a slender casing, builders achieve this historical look by making the casing thicker and more detailed; the bigger and more artistic the casing, the more historical a home appears.  

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