A good quality window is just the thing needed to open up a room and bring in a healthy dose of sunlight, but standard windows pale in comparison to the beauty and functionality of bay windows. Bay windows open up your space, add architectural detail and capture more light and beauty than your standard window ever could. Adding one bay window to a room can help enhance its space and its beauty all at the same time. It’s a major improvement to many windows, and for the right space it’s a worthy investment.
Enhance Your View
Bay windows are known for making the most of a beautiful view. While most windows are stuck inside the walls of a home, bay windows stretch out and around those boundaries. This means that you can take a look at the view out and around the sides of your home. You’ll be able to see in more directions and bring a lot of natural light into your space. When your sits in an area with an expansive view, a bay window is a good investment to take advantage of your surrounding. Taking the time to find a spot that has a particularly picturesque view is a good way to maximize the value of a bay window, so consider the location carefully before spending the money for installation.
Standard Bay Window Construction
A standard bay window is made up of three different windows. There is a center picture window that is typically larger than all the other windows used. Then there are two angled windows that are smaller in size and come off the sides of the large window. These windows are all framed together with a supported floor on the bottom of them that juts out the exterior of the home. Most bay windows are built using a bay window frame, and some come already assembled and ready for installation. The windows themselves are more expensive than standard single or double hung windows, but the real cost comes with the installation. A section of the wall has to be removed, and the frame of the window has to be carefully supported to make it strong and ready to handle the added weight.
Deciding on a Size for your Bay Window
Bay windows can be as small or as large as you want. The smaller models are usually about two feet tall by three feet wide, and the larger ones can take up the better part of a wall. When deciding on the size of your new bay window, it’s important to consider what the window will be used for, and the size of the room that it’s going in. If it’s just to let in some extra light and hold a few plants a smaller window would probably work just fine. A larger window can be used to add floor space, or even make a nice seating area to look outside. A larger bay window might increase your home’s value as many potential homeowners can’t resist the idea of a reading nook by the window.
Add Floor Space
When you have a compact home and you’re looking for ways to increase the floor space, bay windows are one of the options you have available to you. Most bay windows will create a shelf that you can use for added storage, but some are designed to go right down to the floor of the room. These windows actually increase the floor space that you have in the room. They can add ten or more square feet to a room, and if you are dealing with tight living arrangements, the added space can make a big difference.
Add a Convenient Shelf
Whether you’re looking for a place to keep your plants, you want to add book storage (again with the reading nook), or you want a spot that you can sit on with a chair and enjoy the view, a bay window adds a nice convenient shelf that you can make use of. The size of the shelf depends on the size of the window, but the amount of space that you’ll gain is usually pretty significant. It’s worth it to have a bay window added for the view and light alone, but the shelf that you’ll gain will offer you added space that you can use in a variety of ways.
Choose a Spot for Your Bay Window that Will Work
Due to the size of many bay windows, not every room in your home will work for an installation. When installing a bay window, some sections of the wall have to be reinforced more than others, because they bear more weight from the house. If you’re planning on having a bay window installed in your home, you should make sure that a window professional takes a look at your home and chooses a section that won’t require any significant reinforcement when the window is installed. Most windows will require a header added above the installation, and in some key areas it will be more expensive to add a bay window than in other locations around the home. This is why a professional should help with the planning and will ultimately reduce the cost to you.
Deciding on where to put a bay window, or even if you should install a bay window at all can be a little complicated but a carefully selected and professionally installed bay window can make a huge difference in the look and feel of a home. Smaller rooms become larger, darker rooms brighter, and somewhat plain homes become more intricate and interesting. Bay windows aren’t necessarily cheap, but they can be worth the investment when done right.