Bay Windows Add Classic Style and Increase Space
January 26, 2009
Tried and true, bay windows have been used to add space and light to a room since the Victorian era. Bay windows typically consist of a main, center window that cannot be opened and a window on either side. To get a great view without giving up ventilation, choose side windows that can be opened. The best view for those not concerned with airflow comes with the reduced framing of completely fixed bay windows. Either way, you can't go wrong with this classic window style.
The structural nature of bay windows doesn't make them seem viable as replacement windows, but, fortunately, that isn't the case. Most any large window can be converted into a bay window. Vastly improving the view, adding space, and letting in more light, this window style looks its best in spaces no narrower than four feet, but can be customized to fit your needs. The size, style, and functionality of the windows can be varied to create the perfect look for your home.
Bay windows create alcoves (more specifically, bays) that can be used as everything from a great place to lounge and read a book, to extra shelving. The larger option, of course, often requires some reinforcement, but the result is nothing short of luxurious. Bay windows break up the monotony of flat-fronted homes without major construction. This window style affords a great many creative options, letting you decide the exact levels of fashion and function.
Classic, elegant bay windows can be well within your reach thanks to the wide variety of materials and styles available in today's market. To put it simply, bay windows let the sun shine in, and they do it better than most.