Nothing signals the start of summer like some good old indoor-outdoor living inspiration. From living rooms that seamlessly extend out to terraces, to outdoor kitchens and dining spaces which function as rooms in their own right, we’ve covered our fair share of indoor outdoor living goals over the years. The only thing missing from our repertoire? The servery window.
If you don’t know what a servery window is, I can’t say I’m surprised. Servery windows were a recent discovery for me too, unearthed after a lazy afternoon of Pinterest procrastination. But now that my eyes have been opened, I’m questioning how my imaginary dream home ever survived without one. Lets just say that if alfresco dining is your jam, then you had better listen up, for servery windows were practically made to cater to your outdoor feasting aspirations. Ahead, here’s your guide to servery windows – the design detail that’s guaranteed to give your home instant summer vibes.
What Is a Servery Window?
Servery windows traditionally functioned as a way for maids and chefs to efficiently transport food to formal dining rooms. Now, they’re a popular design hack for creating that coveted indoor outdoor living vibe.
Why Do I Want a Servery Window?
Alfresco dining goals aside, servery windows have a number of important design benefits.
For instance, they’re a seamless way to connect inside and out. As such, servery windows are a good (and often cheaper) alternative to the glass window wall. In addition, as servery windows tend to be a lot bigger than traditional windows, they also stand as a genius way to bring more light into your home.
Last but not least, if you’re the kind who likes to entertain then servery windows are a great logistical design detail. They of course offer a fuss-free way to pass food and drink back and forth. What’s more, they also allow you to stay connected with your outdoor guests when you’re prepping in the kitchen.
What Type of Servery Windows Are There?
Servery windows come in a range of different options, allowing you to choose one that fits exactly with your design style.
The bi-fold window is perhaps the most popular type of servery window. It’s made from a series of panels which fold back on themselves, opening up fully for an unobstructed view.
Sliding windows, on the other hand, typically consist of two panels – only one of which slides to the side to create an opening.
Finally, gas strut windows are hinged at the top and can be pushed outwards to create an awning effect. Unlike its bi-fold and sliding counterparts, gas strut windows provide a shelter of sorts over the servery. However, you should bear in mind that these windows can only be closed from the outside.
Is There Anything I Should Be Aware of When Installing a Servery Window?
Generally speaking, the process of installing a servery window is relatively straightforward.
That being said, adding in a servery window is a significant structural change, so it’s always best to get the advice of a professional window company.
If there is no existing window, you may also need to consult with a builder or structural engineer to check that your wall can hold the weight. Also note that you may further need to change your existing kitchen counter tops to ensure it aesthetically matches your new servery sill.