Gary & Sandy Elliott
Views from your condo are everything on Marco Island! These memorable tropical views bring you back to the island year after year. Daily views from your condo kindle emotions and allow quiet wandering thoughts. They change with the season, time of day or night and the weather. Window fashions help enhance the natural beauty of the view you see and feel.
All of Marco’s 11,000 plus condos have views – some are better than others. Interestingly, one-third of Marco Island condos have views facing west, one-third have views to the south, southwest or southeast. One-quarter face north, northeast or northwest and one-tenth face east. Views from lower floor condos are framed by palm trees and tend to look out at water, boats, pools, parking lots or manicured lawns and close up views of nature. Middle level condos have views overlooking the palm trees with vistas of the island, gulf or waterways. Higher level condos along the beachprovide panoramic views of the Gulf and the ever changing sky, sunsets and moonscapes. The price of a view, like fine art, is determined by the buyer. As an example, Collier County’s Property Appraiser figures each higher floor is worth 1% more in market value than the floor below. Condos with outstanding views are more likely to be renovated to keep the interior as delightful as the view.
People like to frame these views with window fashions. Window fashions have become primary elements of home design, and in many cases are so spectacular that they have become an art form. They have come very far from the oilcloths and animal skins that covered openings that passed for the primitive dwelling’s windows. The word window is from the Norse, and means “eye of the house through which the wind enters”.
Condos come with multiple shapes and sizes of windows, French doors, skylights and large sliding doors with open glass expanses. They playa huge role in today’s trendy interiors. Window treatments must be fashionable, functional, deliver privacy, light control and frame – but not obscure – Marco’s fabulous views. They also protect fabrics and furnishings from damage by ultraviolet rays and show off your home’s architecture.
When planning your window treatments, carefully consider the design of the room setting and the principal function. The world of window fashions today offers so many choices it makes it possible to choose any style that works for your interior and personal taste.
Window treatments generally are broken down into three categories; soft, hard and hard/soft combinations. Soft treatments include draperies, curtains, window shades, valances and trimmings. Soft treatments can carry out a decorative theme, color, texture or pattern in a room. Hard window treatments include shades, blinds made of vinyl, wood or metal, and shutters. These are generally simple and have a streamlined look. The hard/soft window treatments combine both elements, often creating a beautiful solution for windows of all kinds.