When you think of indoor/outdoor transitions, a home design that blends interior and exterior living spaces, no one would blame you for thinking of Southern California mansions or properties in Palm Beach. But you’ve also likely seen it used beautifully right here in Ontario, whether it’s a friend’s home in the city leading out to a massive pool or at the cottage. Indoor/outdoor transitions are popular in Ontario, despite the long, cold, and snowy winters, especially in cottage country.

Ontario’s “cottage country” can mean a whole lot of different places; Muskoka, the Kawarthas, Haliburton, and Parry Sound’s Lakeland are only the beginning. Ottawans flock to the Rideau Lakes and Gananoque, while there are also great waterfront and country properties on the shores of Lake Huron and on the Bruce Peninsula. Vacation homes on the southern shores of Georgian Bay near Collingwood are popular all year round, thanks to their proximity to Ontario’s best ski resorts and some of its most popular beaches. Whether you’re a contractor or a homeowner, you want to work with a local window and door supplier that carries energy efficient products for the Ontario climate, where you can visit the showroom, and that can offer installation services. With showrooms in Kitchener, London, and Kanata, Golden Windows is one company that works with builders all across Ontario. You can give them a call or check out their showrooms to find out how their windows and doors can help make indoor/outdoor living a smart and affordable option in Ontario.

Whether it’s Canada Day or Christmas at the cottage, big, beautiful windows and a seamless, indoor/outdoor feel create a unique vacation home. Just imagine cozying up on the couch in front of the fireplace while the snow falls down all around your living room – or if that’s not for you, imagine yourself hosting your friends for a barbecue and all the space you’ll have when you open up your home. What are some of the ways you can make indoor/outdoor living spaces effective with the help of a leading Kitchener window company?

Sliding Patio Doors

Sliding patio doors combined with large picture windows can create a stunning interior that brings the outdoors to your living room. Sliding patio doors provide that seamless transition from the inside and outside in those lovely summer months. You can also find sliding patio doors with either traditional, wood French rails or contemporary narrow rails from Golden Windows.

Picture Windows

In a climate like Ontario, it’s crucial that you invest in energy efficient glass options, such as Low-E coatings, which prevent heat exchange; it will reduce heat loss in the winter and help prevent your living room from becoming a green room. Picture windows can provide that floor-to-ceiling experience and open your space to either the natural beauty of the woods and the lake or to a picturesque outdoor living space like a terrace.

Skylights

Finally, skylights create an airy atmosphere by bringing in great natural light and allowing you to let the breeze flow straight through into your home. When you wake up to the shadows of leaves in the sun swaying gently in your bedroom, you won’t regret investing in superior windows for your vacation home.