Adding a Bay Window to Your Custom Home
Bay windows can do wonders for a home. They bring in natural light, enhance your view and make the room feel bigger. What’s not to like? With many options available, here are some of the bay windows you can think about adding to your next home.
A box bay window looks like a mini greenhouse or sunroom and is perfect for bringing natural light in. Because the box bay is built in the shape of a square or rectangular box that extends beyond the existing window, it adds floor space to the home too. It may contain several window panes, including panes on the sides. These windows are nice for creating a seating area, a focal point for houseplants or simply to brighten up the room. They are a little more expensive to install than pre-assembled bay windows because they typically are built on site, but that also means you have more room for customizing the look you prefer.
An oriel window refers to any bay window that doesn’t reach to the ground. They are typically installed on upper stories to provide added space to the master bedroom, but they can be installed in any upper story room. These windows can give the illusion of a balcony for star gazing or quiet moments to reflect on the day’s events. They also add natural light, making them ideal for artist’s lofts or photography studios.
Angled Bay Window
Angled bay windows are one of the most common. They have angled sides filled with several window panes. These can be purchased pre-assembled by big box retailers. Small or standard angled bay windows do not require an additional foundation, but large or custom-made angled bay windows might. Talk to your custom home builders about whether your angled bay window will need this.
Circle Bay Window
A circle bay window is similar to a bow window but is smaller in size. Bow windows feature a large arch that encompasses an entire wall of a room or section of the home, while circle bay windows are tighter and smaller. This window lets in a lot of light as it is almost entirely glass. It can be used to expand the view or to make a room feel larger and airier. Circle bay windows can be installed on the first floor, but can also be installed as an oriel window on the upper stories of the home. These windows lend a fairytale feel to the home and are ideal for reading nooks or in children’s playrooms.
Choosing the right bay window for your new custom home depends on your personal preferences and the use of the room. Talk to our custom home builders experts to learn more about the many choices in custom windows for your home.