Bow and Bay Windows – Old Style is New Again …
If you’ve ever driven past a home that was built about halfway through the last century, you have probably admired the large windows gracing the front of the house. Picture and Bow or Bay windows were very commonplace in post-war era homes, but slowly faded from modern design as architects built with smaller, easier to clean windows. Today, thanks to double glazing for energy efficiency, and technology that allows for easy cleaning they have made a resurgence in popularity with homeowners who want natural light and the ability to create an illusion that an indoor living space is connected with the great outdoors.
At American Made Windows, we install Bay, Bow or Garden windows with sizes ranging up to seven feet tall and twelve feet wide, and panoramic views and natural light that will open up your home and make everything seem bigger and brighter. If you’re considering these types of windows, our professional installers have some advice about how to make them work best in your home.
Choose the Right Window Size
The size of Bow and Bay windows varies greatly depending on the installation and the home, but most are between seven and eight feet wide by five to seven feet tall. The most important consideration when selecting the size of the window is the type of effect you want to create. Bow and Bay windows can be used:
- To make a small room appear much larger.
- In a grouping of two or more windows to fill a wall in a large room.
- As part of an overall architectural feature in a home.
Spruce Them Up
Although these windows are meant to provide a view, you will want the option to cover them at some point—whether to simply block sunlight on a hot day or just for privacy. Two of the most popular options for decorating picture windows without obstructing your view include:
- Installing large venetian blinds, or groupings of multiple blinds side by side.
- Hanging curtains from the ceiling with the rods extending a few inches to the side of the windows.
- Treating a pairing of windows like a large stage by hanging drapes theater-style to create a dramatic effect.
Create the Ultimate View
Many homeowners like to pair their Bow or Bay windows with other types of windows to add to their already striking aesthetic. Your windows can be paired with almost any other type of window, but two common pairings are:
- Two casement windows on either side to create clean lines while allowing ventilation into a home.
- A picture window above the Bow or Bay window installation to provide even more natural light and a truly dramatic effect.
If you want to bring more of the outdoors, inside your home, reach out to the team at American Made Windows to learn more about our Bow and Bay window replacement options. Our company holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and we offer a complimentary inspection of your current windows, complete window installation as well as window repair and replacement. No matter what type of windows you need, we have a solution for your home that fits your budget. We pride ourselves on providing jobs right here in America and supplying an American-Made product to you. To find out more about our products, or to schedule a window inspection and estimate, contact us at 228-818-6136, or you can leave a message on our contact page. We provide window products and service for homeowners in the entire Gulf Coast region.