Let’s Talk Transoms

Dudes! We’re renovating our dream house, an old mercantile store build in 1928! Follow along from the beginning here!

One of the biggest and most obvious dilemmas that we faced off the bat with the floor plan for the Merc was how to get as much natural light into the center of the space as we could. Having it all on one level is great so so many reasons but the downside is the rooms in the center of the house will have no access to natural light. Of course there is always the option of sky lights or solar tubes but the roof in phase 1 is in good condition (unlike the roof in phase 2 that needs to be totally replaced) so cutting a hole in it was not a can of worms that I was willing to open (at least not right now, who knows what will happen in the future!)

That lead me to transoms. For those that are unfamiliar, a transom is a window that sits above a door.

They have a few different kind. Functional transoms actually open the way a window would to help with ventilation and air flow.


They also have fixed transoms, that is what we’re doing. Basically its just a sheet of glass that lets light through

Transoms come in all shapes and sizes, are typically rectangular. This is where the transoms for the Merc come in.

My plan is to replicate the original front doors and the transoms are extremely tall and almost square, so that is what I’ve been planning for the exterior and interior doors.


The transom over the french doors is long and rectangular,

But the windows over the single doors are definitely taller than typical transoms.

So the question is, what do you think? Are you digging the original style that we’re replicating or do you think we should make them a little shorter and more rectangular?Speak now or forever hold your peace.

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