From Standard to Spectacular!: Windows



Hello everyone!  I’m going to show you a few tricks that, while subtle, really end up adding a lot to the overall look of your home project.  This week we are going to start with windows!  Everyone has them and they come in all sorts of different styles and placements.  I’m going to show you how to take the standard windows in HomeByMe and spruce them up with just a few simple steps.

Before we begin, let’s take a look at the tools we’ll be using.  Most should be very familiar to you already:

As you can see, we will be using tools from both the Build and Furnish tabs.    Two key elements I’d like to point out real quick are Casings and Free shapes.

Casings – While you can use free shapes to simulate wall protrusions, using casings allows you to use the exact wall color in your room.  They are also a little bit easier to work with for this one particular use.

Free Shapes –  As the name implies you are freely able to create and modify the shapes to make anything you need.  Don has an excellent post here that goes over Free Shapes in more detail.

Window Sill



The simplest detail you can add is the Window Sill.  Edit a FreeShape Cube and snap it right into place!  Start by dragging the cube in and placing it where you need it to be, then turn on 3D measures in the options so you can adjust the size to exactly what you need to fit your window.  Little every day details helps you feel much better about the look and feel of your project, bringing it to life.

Fancy Window



Adding a pop of color to the room, I used 3 additional FreeShape cubes to created a raised border around the window simulating wall casings.  A simple window becomes an accent piece of a room, helping complete the look and complementing furniture colors.   I would only use FreeShapes to create accent type windows as you currently cannot match the wall color to the FreeShape color.  To create a more blended look, use Wall Casings, as seen below.



Sunken Window



The windows at my apartment are pretty deeply set, so I discovered this method of creating this window while completing my own project.   Explained in the image below, I start by recreating the wall in question, making it into two hollow walls with the gap where the Window would be.   I then set a single wall in the gap, closing off the room.   After editing the thickness of the hollow walls and single walls to match, I place the window and make sure the orientation is correct(if not press that nifty “switch sides” in the edit panel).  The window will automatically adjust to the depth of the wall.



I now do all my windows this way, it gives me that flexibility to change the depth of the window without needing to recreate the floor plan!

Special Treat



As you saw in the pictures above I created a quick flower box, as it is a common sight with apartment windows, and helps add some life into the home.  Here is a quick run down on how to do it!



I hope this helps you add a little something extra to your windows in your project.  As you can see, it takes very little time and the benefits are very noticable!

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