5 winning ways with window seats
Phyllis, June 2015
Above image courtesy of Angus Mackenzie Architect. Window seats have been around for a long time, but today’s architects (and homeowners) are taking them to a new level. Windows give us practical things like light and air, but they also offer the powerful aesthetic of vista. So why sit on the sofa and admire the picturesque outdoors through a frame, when you can immerse yourself in the view. 1. Sydney architect Angus Mackenzie lined the window of a client’s house with timber so the sill became a wide comfy seat perfect for reading a book, taking in some fresh air and enjoying the outside from indoors. 2. Another option is to use the boring wall space underneath a wide window to install a cupboard with drawers or shelves, topped with a made-to-measure chair pad. 3. If a bit of building is within the budget, knock out a solid wall and add an atrium-style glass wall and finish with a built-in cupboard and cushion. [caption id="attachment_2911" align="alignleft" width="690"] Images courtesy of Angus Mackenzie Architect[/caption] 4. If there’s a window in the kitchen/dining area, a cupboard under the window can create extra storage while also providing a place for the hungry hordes to perch. 5. Then there’s bi-fold doors. A low cupboard on castors topped with a cushion can be pushed into the space between the doors when they’re open, or against the doors when they’re closed. More than a set – this one’s a daybed! More information: angusmackenzie.com.au. More inspiration on Pinterest: pinterest.com/HomeloansLtd.