Let in the Light with a Kitchen Greenhouse Window

If you like cooking with fresh herbs, and enjoy the incredible fragrance they add to your home, a kitchen greenhouse window can open a world of possibilities.  With a kitchen greenhouse window, you can bring the outdoors inside and grow your own herbs, and even fresh vegetables and flowers.  A kitchen greenhouse window can add up to twice the natural light to your kitchen, and you can have fresh herbs and vegetables at your fingertips throughout the year.

The Mini-Solarium

While the styles can vary slightly, a kitchen greenhouse window is essentially a box-like structure with light transmitting panels at the top, side and front.  Because a kitchen greenhouse window projects out, it will expand your kitchen and bathe the room in sunlight.

You will want to select a kitchen greenhouse window with a tough, durable frame, and preferably one that doesn’t need painting.  Your kitchen greenhouse window may need to be custom built and can be difficult to install.  Finding a manufacturer that is willing to work with you no matter what your needs are can save you a lot of time and aggravation.  Working with someone who has experience installing greenhouse windows can help ensure that there are no gaps between the frames, which would not only let heat out, but would also let cold winter air in and could kill your plants.

You will want to make sure that your kitchen greenhouse window has a durable, waterproof bottom shelf, and will find that one or more adjustable glass shelves can be very useful.  Some kitchen greenhouse windows can even be installed as counter top extensions.   This type of kitchen greenhouse window provides a stunning panoramic view.  While it is always a good idea to install support brackets on the exterior of the house to help hold up the window and support the weight you are going to put on it, this becomes increasingly important with an extended countertop model.

While it is a good idea to go with material that matches your other windows, you should consider that vinyl has less conductivity, thereby providing more heat in your window, as well as more resistance to condensation than an aluminum window.  Depending on the location of your window, you may need to install a greenhouse window opener to keep your plants from overheating in the summer.  With a kitchen greenhouse window, you can become an avid gardener, as well as a seasoned chef.

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