Unusual windows – Porthole windows

Unusual windows – Porthole windows

There is no doubt that an unusual shaped window does create interest in a house, especially if a clever house owner has managed to make a feature of it. Some traditional between-the-wars houses, built in the 1920s and 30s, were constructed with a porthole window either in addition to the main bedroom window in the master bedroom at the front of the house or downstairs, on the ground floor, adjacent to the front door, looking into and out of a hallway.

While many porthole windows are non-opening, others may open in a variety of ways. More modern styles may pivot around a central axis, either vertically or horizontally, whilst others, usually of a more traditional design, may open with a drop down flap or open from the centre timber support. Porthole windows set up high may work very well in a bathroom or a shower room as they provide a means of light as well as giving a certain amount of privacy.  Although, a porthole window could work almost anywhere in a house – on a kitchen wall, a relaxing sitting room or to the side of a flight of stairs.