What Are Window Infills?
Well these painted panels above the top of the window in this photo are an example.
This example is not very attractive in my opinion
Finishing up with painted infills like this is often a consequence of not having eaves and/or increasing ceiling height without considering window size (an easy thing to miss if you are building for the first time)
if you don’t like them make sure you check the builders elevation drawings carefully.
Why are they used?
Basically these are much cheaper for the builder than a brick infill as they save both the cost of a lintel and the brickwork.
They also make the construction of the required brick articulation joints for the builder simpler (see Brick Articulation Joints )
- They can look better if you make them a feature. I once designed a house with painted infills at each gable end of the house. My solution was to use overlapping planks (painted cement sheets) rather than a single panel, and was quite pleased with the look.This approach could be used if you only realises you have infills late in the building process as you could nail them directly over the existing board.
- Another approach particularly for North facing windows is have a small pergola set under the gutter this provides shade and makes the infill less obvious. (see Shading for dimensions of a pergola)