Add a Bay Window to Your Home
Bay windows are a wonderful way to open your world, enjoy the outdoors and let in the light, all from the comfort of your own living room. Bay windows are a popular feature and if you're planning to sell your home in the future, having one will be a major selling point.
Create a Window Seat
This is the classic way to use a window seat. Adding a covered seat cushion and some pillows will turn your bay window into a cozy spot for reading, relaxing and enjoying the day. You can also have shelves or cabinets built into the bottom area of the seat. Some people like to install drapes over the window seat so that it can be closed off for privacy.
Make it a Dining Area
To use your bay window as a dining area, add a banquette, a round table or a semicircular table. It's important to get the size correctly, as you will want to make sure the table height is comfortable for eating. You also want to ensure there is ample leg room all around.
Make it a Workspace
Placing a desk in a bay window allows you to work under natural sunlight and take a visual break by looking at a lovely outdoor view. A small desk will fit into the space created by most bay windows.
Have it Face the Back
Your bay window doesn't have to be at the front of your house. You can put one in that looks out the back or the side, depending on where you have the best view.
Don't Forget Window Treatments
The best part about a bay window is its ability to flood natural light into the room. On the other hand, that can be a problem when you want less light, or if you want to preserve upholstery fabric or wood floors.
Adding window treatments is a good solution. Try an adjustable shutter or half-curtain. You'll be able to easily adjust the amount of light you let in.
Installing a Bay Window
1. Decide which type you like.
A full bay window goes from the top of your window to the floor. It is usually around six to eight feet tall. The cost and installation of a full bay window is higher than that for a boxed bay window.
A boxed bay window is a small, box-shaped window that is commonly seen in kitchens. It's smaller than a full bay window. A boxed bay window is usually around three feet tall.
2. Consider installation costs and time.
Installing a bay window requires specialized skill. Be certain that the contractor you choose has experience installing them. Count on the job taking about two days, barring any delays.
When you factor in the costs to install a bay window, you will have to factor in:
The cost of the window itself.
Whether you are replacing an existing bay window or creating a new one.
The type of exterior roofing material you want on your bay window.
Any tinting or finishing you want on the glass.
Your choice of framing material.
3. Choose your framing material.
The most common window framing treatments are the following, ranked from most to least expensive.
Fiberglass. Fiberglass is long-lasting and can be made to look like any other material, including wood or tile. Fiberglass can be painted and is strong enough to hold a large window without adding supporting elements.
Wood. Wood looks beautiful but requires a lot of maintenance. New forms of vinyl-clad wood require far less maintenance. Wood can be painted or stained in any color. These materials are expensive, but some homeowners feel they are worth the additional cost.
Aluminum. Aluminum is a low-maintenance option. It's also durable and weather-resistant. Unlike vinyl, aluminum can be painted in any color of your choice.
Composite. A blend of wood and plastic, composite frames are preferred by people who want a recyclable building material. They are durable, long-lasting and weather-resistant.
Vinyl. A less expensive option than wood, vinyl is also low-maintenance and comes in a variety of colors. Vinyl can't be painted or stained.
Are you Ready for a Bay Window?
Last Call Exteriors has the experience and expert knowledge you need for a bay window that's safely and properly installed. We'll be happy to give you a no-obligation estimate.
If you're interested in having a new or replacement bay window installed, give Last Call Exteriors a call.