First, let’s define the hopper window, if you’re not familiar with it. This kind is a casement window and it’s related to awning windows. While typical casement windows are side hung, awnings are top hung and hoppers are bottom hung, opening inward from the top. The hopper window is a lot like the tilt and turn windows we talked about in our previous article, only they come without the turn feature. Usually, they come in combination with transoms – transoms are fixed windows, installed above another window or door. These windows work well in small spaces where it’s difficult to ventilate, because they can fully open. In terms of energy efficiency, they are a great solution as they come equipped with compression seals along the three sides of the window to prevent air leakage.
Hopper windows are usually installed in basements, bathrooms or kitchens because they offer good ventilation and perfect insulation as well. But these are not the only spaces where they function well, they can also be installed in other places in the house, especially as a design feature.
Apart from basements, they look great when installed in less frequented areas, like a corridor in your house.
They work well and look nice when used as transom windows as well, above porch doors.
If you prefer a picture window, but you would like the option to have air flow too, a larger hopper might solve the problem. Installed in a living room, you get both a great view and good ventilation.
Hoppers are a good choice anywhere above a door, because they let air circulate in the house. So, it’s not uncommon to have them installed above a pantry door or any other door inside a house.
For examples, please view our gallery on the left.