NY Good Questions: Window Coverings For My Loft?

NY Good Questions: Window Coverings For My Loft?

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Maxwell Ryan
May 1, 2008

Dear AT,

We are moving into a loft space with three huge windows facing south and four smaller windows facing east.

The big windows are 8 feet tall and 9 feet wide. The east-facing ones are 4 feet wide and of varying heights.

It's wonderful and very bright, but alas, might be too bright (if there's such a thing!)...

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We're wondering what kind of treatments to go with--solar shades (I've read here that people complain of them being hard to clean and smelly after a while), blinds, panels, etc.--and would love some ideas.

We're mainly concerned with UV protection and energy efficiency.

We realize that since the windows are so big, we'll probably need to have something custom made, but cost is a definite factor so any ideas that are less expensive would also be appreciated.

Finally, would you suggest using the same treatments on the east-facing windows or is it fine for them not to match?

Three out of those four will actually be inside bedrooms so you'd only see one of them with the three big ones.

Thanks! Dao & Peter

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