Window Trends Showcased in the PNE Prize Home

The PNE prize home reveals window trends that are both modern and low maintenance

Credit: Janis Nicolay

Peer through the windows of the 2014 PNE prize home

When Jillian Harris designed the interior of this year’s PNE prize home, she was going for a modern feel with a boho-feminine touch. It was important that the exterior reflected her design vision.

Ply Gem, a supplier of windows, doors, fences and more, provided the 53 windows and doors for the Okanagan dream home. BCLiving caught up with the company’s director of marketing, Glen Janiszewski, to talk window trends and to hear how the prize home’s portals fit Jillian Harris’ interior aesthetic.

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Credit: Janis Nicolay

What is trending in windows at the moment? Can we see any of those major themes here?

Keep it Simple

Janiszewksi: “For windows, current design trends are moving towards simpler window configurations. Simulated Divided Lites (exterior grids) are used sparingly to provide character but leave the lower portion of the window wide open to maximize the beautiful view.”


Janiszewksi: “This house features Ply Gem’s Design Series Aluminum-Clad vinyl windows with a black exterior, which fits in with current bold colour trends.”


Janiszewksi: “Consumers are also demanding low maintenance and highly efficient products. When selecting products for the PNE prize home, we chose our new Design Series windows [that] require virtually no maintenance, will never need to be painted and are Energy-Star certified.”

Credit: Janis Nicolay

How do the windows of the PNE prize home reflect interior designer Jillian Harris’ vision?

Janiszewksi: “The windows are large casement and fixed style windows with a black exterior and white interior to fit the black-and-white colour scheme of the home. The doors [were] designed with black aluminum cladding on the exterior and a rustic stain-grade Hem-Fir [Western Hemlock and Amabilis Fir] on the interior. They’re a low-maintenance option that fit seamlessly with the home’s modern exterior and warm, bohemian interior.”

Credit: Janis Nicolay

Was this home built for its Okanagan environment?

Janiszewski: “With the Okanagan region being hotter and sunnier than the Lower Mainland, glass that resists solar heat gain is increasingly important. The windows Ply Gem supplied feature Eco Max Shield 366 glass, which holds an industry leading Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of 27 per cent. The glazing on these windows will help keep homes cooler during the summer, while keeping heat in and cold out during the winter.”