This era also includes prairie-and bungalow-style houses. These houses have more horizontal proportions than their tall Victorian predecessors. The form, often with broad gables and wide, overhanging eaves, looks like a single-story house with additional living space tucked away in a large, secondlevel attic.
Technological development during this era enabled larger glass sizes than had been possible before, but some lite divisions characteristic of earlier styles were retained, either in the upper sash or a transom window. A 6-over-1 or 4-over-1 muntin configuration has the advantage of providing the visual interest of smaller panes, or lites, in the top sash, but it allows an unobstructed view through the single-lite lower sash. Cottage-style windows, with a bottom sash that’s taller than the upper sash, were commonly used in combination with conventional equal-height sash windows to unify windows of different heights visually. These two window types can work together when the upper sashes of both are the same height and align, even if the sills don’t.
Muntins also can help to unify a window assembly with a wider center window and two narrower flankers. If the glass in the wider window is half again as wide as the glass in the narrower windows, each lite will be the same size when the glass is divided into four panes on the narrower window and into six on the wider. The consistent size of the lites ties the various window widths together into a harmonious whole.
Dormers are typical of this style.
If your house has a dormer, make sure the dormer is sized so that it appears subordinate to the roof and is positioned so that there is adequate roof visible below. Use multiple narrower windows with muntins to help reduce the scale and make the windows seem smaller.