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Renovation or New Build? You Need to Read This!

There are so many decisions to be made when starting a renovation or new build. I’m going to throw in one more that is often overlooked until the move-in date is looming: window coverings! It’s something that interior designers, contractors and architects often neglect to consider until much later in the planning process. As a window coverings specialist, I can tell you that later is often too late for perfect window covering solutions. Let’s look at three areas that could potentially benefit from a review of your floor plans before construction begins.

Image of floor plans
Before you finalize your floor plans, it’s wise to consult your window covering expert.

Automated Window Coverings

It’s better to plan for automation and not use it, than want it later without having planned for it. I’ve seen this time and time again. It’s not that you’re out of luck completely, you can always go with battery operated shades. If your windows aren’t too big and if you don’t mind charging or changing batteries!

On the other hand, if you have the opportunity to plan ahead, the wires can be run before the walls are closed up. But there is more to it that that. It needs to be the right kind of wire which depends on the shade you need. Your contractor will also need to know exactly where to bring the wire so it is hidden from view after installation. Or, even more importantly, doesn’t interfere with where the brackets need to go. That’s where we come in, we can advise to ensure you get just the right thing in just the right spot.

A bank of windows and doors for a home under construction in Solana Beach, CA
We love getting to see a home at this stage! This is how we can make suggestions and create a wiring plan if you are planning to automate your window coverings.

Drapery Considerations

Custom draperies are so important to making a room look finished. Even if your style is contemporary, they can be created in a way that is sophisticated and up to date. Draperies help pull a room together and frame beautiful views. They can also provide levels of room darkening or light filtering as well as sound deadening when constructed correctly.

Aside from esthetic and practical purposes, there are other considerations. We love big windows here in California, and why not? We have great views and sunny days we want to invite in. However, with a little bit of planning you will be certain your windows can be properly dressed and operate optimally.

For example, if you don’t want to lose any of your view, you’ll need enough wall space to stack the drapes. There is a formula we use to make sure that will happen. The other area where I often see problems is built in bookcases and cabinets that sit at a 90-degree angle to windows. Is there room to open doors or drawers without the draperies being in the way? We have clever solutions that allow for draperies and cabinets to co-exist beautifully.

Recessed Areas for Better Window Covering Solutions

This is such a simple idea that often gets overlooked during renovations and new home builds. Consider creating recessed areas in ceilings, walls and beside bookcases. This can create a very custom look that also adds to a beautiful room design.

La Jolla home with screen shades recessed into pockets in the ceiling.
This La Jolla home has amazing views, so screen shades that allow protection from the sun without blocking the view are perfect. Even better, the contractor constructed a pocket in the ceiling allowing us to recess the shades when not in use for a clean contemporary look.
Drapery track recessed into a ceiling in a bedroom with white linen drapes.
This Solana Beach home has a clean contemporary design. The ripplefold draperies are installed on a simple white track that has been flush mounted into the ceiling.

Because draperies and shades are often used for very functional purposes sometimes it’s nice to disguise the working parts. For instance, ceiling mounted drapery hardware is rarely pretty. Why not flush mount the track so it can be hidden to just show off the beautiful drapes. The same can be said for shades, if you want to hide the chunky headrail, create a recessed pocket so it can completely disappear into the ceiling.

Remember the built-in bookcase problem I mentioned earlier? Why not create stacking space so the drapes can tuck in beside it leaving drawers and doors unobstructed?

Talk to an expert

All of this can be figured out by talking to a window covering expert about your plans and future needs. My only caution is not to forward this article to your contractor! Every home is different, and every window treatment solution has different requirements for space and/or automation. Your contractor can do his job better if he works with your window treatment specialist from the beginning saving you time and money.

If you are starting a renovation or new build, schedule your free Discovery Call to find out how we can help make sure you love your window coverings. We love working with contractors, architects and interior designers too and would love to help you help your client with their renovation or new build. Call us at 619-957-3884 x1 or send us a request for information here.


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Myrna Everett is the founder and lead designer of San Diego-based Home Vogue Interiors, a provider of custom window fashions and designer soft goods. She is known for her fresh yet timeless design perspective and her commitment to opening her clients’ eyes to the endless possibilities available for window fashions and other finishing touches in their homes.

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