1. How to Make Your Home a Vintage Castle

    Many people dream of living in castles. After all, these spacious, beautiful structures remind them of royalty, of wealth, and of romance. The good news is that you do not have to live in a castle in order to enjoy many of the aesthetic benefits. Even things as simple as replacement windows in Burlington can have a huge impact on the way your home looks and feels.

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    A Castle's Architectural Style

    Back in the days when people built castles around the world, in the 11th and 12th centuries, they served a very important purpose. In fact, people did not build them to become the luxurious living spaces people associated them with today. Their main function was safety and security; they were ways for kings, queens, and royalty to keep their families safe from those who wanted to do them harm. Today's family living spaces provide the same peace of mind. Your home is your castle, after all. While it is hard to mimic a castle's architectural style in today's modern homes, you can give it that Romanesque feel in a few different ways.

    Stone Walls

    Because castles were (and still are) fortresses, many of them are made of stone. Adding some stone walls to your home helps to provide a castle-like appearance, both inside and outside. If you are on a budget, or if you want to keep your renovations simple, consider stone veneer – especially if you want to install new windows. After all, new installations cost much more than simple replacements, and cutting window holes in stone walls is an expensive, tedious feat.

    Windows

    During the 11th and 12th centuries, the windows that were available for castles were quite small due to the structural limitations. Gothic-style windows found in modern castles from the 16th century and onward were much larger. Thus, your replacement windows can vary. If you want to follow a budget and enjoy a castle-like look without rebuilding or cutting walls, consider several small panes to make up one large window or even utilizing some sort of material to make a large pane of glass appear divided. This was a common practice at the time, and this type of replacement windows will certainly provide more of a castle look.

    Arches

    As technology improved between the 12th and 17th centuries, more and more builders added archways to their castles. These arches provided a significant structural improvement over traditional walls and entryways, and because they could hold more weight, it provided the foundation for larger windows. If you prefer the older Romanesque castle feel, simple round peaks are the way to go. Conversely, if you enjoy the later Gothic appearance, stern-looking pointed peaks above your vinyl windows in Burlington will make your home much more castle-like.

    Although turning your home into a castle may seem impossible if not impractical, you can reflect certain facets of the architecture. With things like a stone appearance, archways, and even castle-like replacement windows in Burlington, you can create your very own castle and make your family feel like royalty.

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