Drive through any upscale neighbourhood in Stouffville, Aurora, or Newmarket and you’ll see many of the homes have Bay windows. And that’s just the street side.
The fact is, Bay windows are an impressive, elegant, and a functional addition to your home. Although huge picture windows allow a lot of light in and provide nice views, a bay window is an architectural statement.
Enjoy your New Space
The sense of expansiveness a bay window creates makes it a much desired product for homes in older, established neighbourhoods, where rooms are cramped and often dark and dingy. Bay windows considerably spruce up those types of homes.
They create such a warm, picturesque and welcoming setting, your friends and family will linger, especially in the dark winter months. They can be used in your kitchen above the sink as depicted in the photo at right.
You can also choose to build a seating area next to them. The extra wide sill on these windows allows you to place plants, flowers or ornaments as well. It’ll be your cat’s favourite place too.
If you’re planning new windows all round, you should ask me about a bay window for your living room or kitchen. The extra cost might not be so painful, and you’ll get an exciting addition to your living space.
Benefits of Bay Windows
- Sense of spaciousness
- Much more light permitted into the house
- Place for kids to sit, play or read
- Add value to your home
- Looks impressive from the outside
- Provides enhanced view of your yard and trees
Construction of the Window
A bay window is 3 or 5 windows joined together in one frame. The side windows could be double hung siding windows, but a better choice are easy to operate casement windows.
Your bay window can be composed of wood or vinyl or both. A vinyl bay window can have a wood clad interior to provide the best in appearance and maintenance-free performance.
Double pane, argon filled low-e glass is advised however you might step it up to triple pane to see 25% more energy savings. Given the amount of direct and reflected sunlight coming through, you’ll want to have a UV reflective coating.
You can have yours custom-sized and angled uniquely to your tastes. Because it extends outside of the wall, it’ll need its own roof. The size of the window opening will likely have to be increased too. It’s a common practice when homeowners want new large windows of any kind. The goal is a brighter, happier living space. That’s what windows are all about.
Window treatments for bay windows can be tricky, however a good blackout blind or horizontal blinds placed on the wall do an excellent job of providing privacy and adding to energy efficiency.
Your Peace of Mind
This brings us to the matter of quality construction and installation. These windows are a complex type of construction, so it’s not a job for amateurs and fly by night operators. This is one time when the stability and integrity of your window contractor should be paramount. If problems arise you want to know they can be fixed properly.
If light and a wonderful sense of nature is what you like, consider a solarium or sunroom. These rooms offer comfort and serenity and significantly add value to your home when manufactured and built by a reputable window contractor.
Contact us now to discuss your dream of a brighter happier home.