Bay windows are fairly rare in modern homes—they're most often associated with Victorian architecture—but they're one of the best upgrades that you can make to a room. If you're unfamiliar with what they look like, they essentially consist of three smaller windows that jut out from your home. A larger window frame is flanked by two smaller frames that are angled towards each other, making the window appear like a dome.
The fact that bay window frames extend from the home isn't wasted—the bottom portion of the interior frame is a wooden deck, which can be used as a shelf or as an area for reading or dining. The design of the window lets in substantial amounts of natural light from outside and dramatically increases how much of your yard that you can see from your window. Best of all, replacing one of your windows with a bay window is a relatively simple process, as they often fit easily into existing window openings. Below, you'll find four reasons to add this beautiful type of window to your home.
1. Larger Viewing Area Makes the Room Appear Larger
The primary reason to replace an existing window with a bay window is to make a room feel larger. A bay window juts outwards and allows you to see more of the landscape, and this visual effect has a dramatic impact—it can make tiny rooms seem like they're significantly more spacious than they truly are. Adding a bay window is a great way to open up a cramped living room or dining room.
2. Interior Deck Gives You Extra Storage Space or an Activity Area
Another bonus is that bay windows have an interior deck that acts as shelving. In fact, some upscale bay window models have shelves built right into the deck for additional space. A great way to make use of this space is to display treasured family photos or important memorabilia since it naturally draws attention when guests walk into the room.
You aren't limited to using the deck for storage, however. You can also use it as a space for activities. If you place a chaise lounge by your bay window, for example, you can turn a corner of your living room into your own private study—you can simply relax and read books on the deck while enjoying the view through your bay window.
3. Open Design Maximizes the Amount of Natural Daylight Entering the Room
Bay windows significantly increase the amount of natural light flowing into a room. There's simply more window space compared to standard double-hung windows, which allows more light in. Additionally, the way that bay windows are designed helps them bring in additional light—the two angled panes help to direct sunlight towards the interior.
Natural daylight is aesthetically pleasing, and it can also help you save on energy bills. You won't need to use your electrical lighting as often, and you'll benefit from natural heating from sunlight during the day when it's cold outside.
4. Doesn't Require Extensive Renovation, Reducing Installation Costs
Finally, installing a bay window in your home is an inexpensive option, since it can be simply installed in place of one of your double-hung windows. Installing skylights or adding new windows to your home requires much more extensive remodeling work, in comparison, and this adds to their installation expense.
However, you'll still need to call a window installation professional to have your bay window installed. Bay windows need to be supported by attaching them to your roof with cables or by installing feet so that the ground can support their weight—they're much heavier than normal windows, and would otherwise fall out of the opening. However, the process of adding support to a bay window typically does not require intensive renovations, and a window installation professional can work with your home's existing structure in order to install one.
If you've found the perfect location for a bay window in your home, contact a window installation professional—they'll be able to come to your home, examine your existing window and give you an estimate on how much your new bay window will cost to install.