Bay & Bow Windows

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Let us begin by saying that a bay window can be either square or polygonal in plan. What makes this window unique is that it projects space outward from the wall of a house or a building, essentially creating a bay in the room. These windows usually consist of 3 or more panels and have the architectural ability off adding more light and space to a room. It is best suited if your home faces an eye-pleasing scenery.

Mostly associated with Victorian Architecture, the most commonly used angles on the inside of a bay (for those of you proficient in math) are 90, 135 and 150 degrees. The installation of this type of window may give you up to 3 feet of length in the room. The width is harder to calculate because it depends on the size of the angles and the size of the windows installed. It is important to note that you might need a permit before you engage in installing a this type of window. The reason for that is the fact that the window sticks out of the face of the home or building. Safety permits might especially be needed if the window is not built on the first floor but on a higher floor. New support system will be needed as well as a proper and safe installation.

The beauty of such windows often comes with their size. This is not to say that size matters in this case, but rather its ability to come in different sizes. Perhaps the most eye-catching bay windows are the ones that run from floor to ceiling. They can give your house a completely unique look and space. Many home owners often utilize the newly created space by the window to set up a padding seating area. Not often the case if the window faces the street or a graveyard. In other cases, people have chosen their bay window area for their plants, due to the excessive amount of sun light.


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To a certain extent, the bow window can be considered a variation of the bay. Much like the latter, the former is built in order to create more space by sticking out from a wall of a house or building. The bow, typically combines four or more casement windows in order to form an arch. It is often utilized to provide a wider view of beautiful scenery and allow for more sun light. The name derives from its slightly curved shape and it originates from England.

When installing a bow window, the same rules for permits as for the bay window may apply. Since the function of the two windows is the same, the extra space created by both windows might need some extra regulation. This is mostly the case if the front of the house is directly on the street and by sticking out a window you are actually violating the boundaries of your own property, going into government or private space.

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