Open floor plans with plenty of natural light are trends lending themselves to installing bay window or bow windows anywhere in the house. You needn’t restrict your new windows to family rooms or living rooms in your Sun Prairie WI home. A bay or bow design works in bedrooms and bathrooms, too.
Both these large window styles fit modern renovation plans. They add flair and style. Beyond good looks, they bring more natural light into your home than standard windows. In addition, you can add one without expanding the footprint of your room – the added space is outside the house.
Replacing a boring flat, external wall with only one or two windows with a series that creates a dramatic impact makes that wall a focal point in the room. Bay and bow structures are more than just panes of glass. Professional installations expand living space. Add seating or storage to a family room, turn a kitchen wall into an alcove for a bistro table, bring an outdoor view into a quiet corner or expand your spa-like bathroom.
When it comes to deciding which style is best for your remodeling plans, consider: the two windows designs are very different. Although they are designed to do the same thing and people often misuse the names, there are differences worth noting.
What Is A Bay Window
A true bay style window is designed with three windows in a group. Usually, the group includes one large window in the center framed by a smaller one on each side. There are sharp, distinct angles between the window frames. The flat wall appearance of the bay series provides a modern, contemporary look both inside and out.
Some installations increase floor space in the room while others take advantage of a “bump out” technique to achieve the impact of the larger windows without adding floor space. Sometimes even when a room’s footprint expands the floor space is used for window seats and concealed storage.
There’s very little down side to adding a new series of windows like this. The most common complaint is from interior decorators trying to find window treatments to fit the angled windows.
What Makes A Bow Window
There are two major differences between a bow and a bay installation:
- Size – instead of just three windows grouped at angles, a bow may have four or five in a series.
- Shape – no sharp angles, a gradual curved design.
The use of multiple windows in a curve works well with Victorian and Tudor architecture as well as more modern creations. Like their counterparts, a bow installation can be installed as bump out or with built-in seating/storage.
Standard window treatments are hard to fit to a bow or a bay installation. However as these windows gain popularity designers are getting ahead of the curve. Multifaceted window treatment creations and rods are finding their way into stores throughout the area.
Benefits Beyond Natural Light
Adding usable space is the real asset of these multi-window units. They expand a room visually and physically even if they don’t add floor space. Both styles provide an illusion that a narrow room is more spacious without increasing its footprint. Opening up a wall gives a room an entirely new ambiance – improving your lifestyle inside and curb appeal outside.
Modern bow and bay installations are available with all the latest in high-efficient glass. In addition they come in all the popular colors of both wood-frame and vinyl windows. Additional features commonly installed with each type include:
- Built-in insulation
- Various window styles – double-hung, casement, etc.
- Custom screens
- Weather protection
- Low maintenance hardware
- Easy-clean from the inside
Which fits your Sun Prairie home? A three-window bay or a multi-window bow? What’s your style? Consider the materials available, color choices and high-tech options. Each style has its benefits. After you decide which best suits your home, remember accurate installation is the key to bringing it all together. The multi-faceted windows require skilled handling. Done right either a bow or bay setup will fit seamlessly into your new floorplan. To choose a high-quality wood-frame or vinyl windows and schedule professional installation, call Sims Exteriors & Remodeling at 608-825-4500, or email us. We welcome an opportunity to share our years of experience and help fit the right bay window or bow window into your Sun Prairie WI home.