Custom Coverings Let the Sun Shine In—When and How You Want it To
Windowworks specializes in window treatments of all styles and shapes.
No matter the time of day or what the weather holds, the windows in your home are a crucial, quiet presence, bringing the outside world in.
Some days, you want the sun to pour into your living room; other times, you want to block it out—say, when that new Netflix series is on and you need to be able to see the screen, or when you’re trying to sleep in past sunrise. Sometimes you want privacy indoors, while other times you want to gaze outdoors.
You want to be able to control the amount of light that comes into your home while also having beautiful décor.
Window coverings play multiple roles, says Terry Jorgensen, founder and president of Windowworks, Western Canada’s premier window-treatments centre. Besides adding to the visual appeal of your surroundings, they can protect furnishings from sun damage and boost energy efficiency by keeping a home cool in summer and warm in winter.
“People want to control the amount of light they’re getting,” Jorgensen says. “As much as we love the sun, it can be very damaging to pictures, furniture, carpet, and floors with its UV content. Things can fade in a matter of days.
“With so many products out here, the first thing you want to determine is what’s most important to you: maintaining your view or having privacy,” he adds. “It helps to talk to an expert to get ideas.”
That’s where Windowworks comes in. The BC company has specialized in premium custom draperies, shutters, shades, and blinds since 1987.
A Hunter Douglas Gallery dealer, it has an experienced team that knows what kinds of factors people need to consider when it comes to selecting on window coverings, from sheers and honeycomb shades to woods and woven textures. The Windowworks gallery includes large working displays where you can see exactly what different products offer and how they function.
The strongest current trend, Jorgensen says, is motorization.
Child safety is a key reason more people are turning to automation for their window coverings. The Canadian government has mandated that cords on blinds not be longer than six inches to prevent infant strangulation; it’s an important measure, and motorization makes it possible to operate blinds that are physically out of reach.
Convenience is another. In homes with dozens of windows, having automatic blinds makes life that much simpler. Hunter Douglas, for instance, offers a wireless operating system that gives people the ability to control and schedule window treatments via remote control or a mobile device from anywhere in the world.
Programmable blinds make for an energy-efficient home, allowing you to keep them closed during peak sunlight hours then lift them up once the sun has passed, without having to be at home to do so manually.
Then there are smart homes: Certain systems for window treatments can be synced with Alexa, Siri, and other similar technologies.
Windowworks’ expertise in custom work means that, with its team of 25 seamstresses and upholsterers, it can design coverings for unusually shaped or slanted windows. “We love challenging windows,” Jorgensen says, “We’re very proud that we’ve never had a project we couldn’t complete.”
Windowworks is also unique in that it specializes in custom furniture and upholstery. It can rebuild and recover heirloom or beloved pieces like sofas, chairs, ottomans, and headboards, reviving a lost art.
The company’s new custom-made hardwood furniture frames have dowelled, glued, and screwed joints to prevent squeaking or wobbling. The team can even make upholstered wall panels to fit any size of wall. If you’re looking for custom quilting for a cushion, bedspread, or anything else you can imagine, they have the machinery and the craftmanship to make it.
“We have 25 seamstress and upholsterers with hundreds of years of experience among them,” Jorgensen says. “We work on projects for some of the finest interior designers in BC and have lofty expectations and challenges. Our goal is to supply their inspirations.”
Windowworks has an extensive fabric library and 10,000-square-foot workroom. Representatives will also visit clients at home to get a sense of their needs and discuss options, styles, and colours.
To learn more about what works best for your windows, visit Windowworks at www.windowworks.ca or unit #10 13331 Vulcan Way, Richmond.