A combination of three windows joined at an angle, bay windows jut out beyond your walls to add space to your room. Because the windows face multiple directions, they let in more light and air than flat window types.
Commonly known as: Oriel window,
Bay windows protrude from the exterior of a home as a set of three angled window panels. The traditional bay window configuration includes three windows -- a large fixed window in the middle with smaller flanking windows on either side.
Bay windows fit best in exterior wall spaces of 40 inches or larger in size. In contrast, bow windows extend from a wall in a curved shape rather than angular. The geometric angles of this style make it well suited for modern and contemporary designs in addition to appearing in traditional and Victorian style homes. Bay windows extend further from the building and provide additional space on the interior of the home, allowing for extra seating with a window seat or reading nook.
Bay windows are popular with homeowners because they capture a large amount of natural light from different directions. Bay windows can be created with operable casement windows, allowing for ventilation. Because they extend beyond the exterior of a home, bay windows can give a room an enhanced feeling of openness and space, making a room feel and look larger.
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