When designing new kitchen layouts, many remodelers have to select either to install upper cabinets or add in windows for more natural light, but they may not have to choose any more. Houzz contributor Becky Harris identifies a “have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too” solution that suggests placing windows behind cabinets outfitted with glass. With this option, there is storage for glassware and also natural light filtering in behind the cabinet items. See how one design team has incorporated the idea into a project below.
When designing an Illinois kitchen, the architects at Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects had seasonal affective disorder in mind. They wanted their clients to enjoy as much sunlight as possible during their region’s long winters.
The lines on the traditional divided windows presented a challenge. If the windows and cabinet doors both have divided lines, the lines of the muntins (the bars between the glass panes) should line up for a clean look.