Bay and bow windows add depth and brightness to a room's interior while also adding style and character to your home's exterior, as both installations project outward. Bay windows consist of a fixed central window with operable venting windows on either side, arranged at angles. Bow windows are a series of 4 to 6 windows (either fixed or venting) configured within a curved framing structure to add a rounded accent ("bow") to your home's architecture.
If you value both function and aesthetics, you'll love the difference a bay or bow window from Hodges Windows & Doors can make in your home.
Whether you prefer the more angular, modern look of bay windows or the vintage curves of bow windows, either style can seriously enhance your home's curb appeal.
The multiple sightlines provided by bay and bow windows are great for admiring your yard or keeping an eye on the kids.
Because they project outward, bay and bow windows open up additional floor space in the room. Savvy homeowners can even incorporate extra seating or storage into the resulting nook.
What is the difference between a bay window and a bow window?
There are two main differences between bay windows and bow windows — the number of windows in the installation and how they are arranged. A typical bay window is actually three windows that project outward from the house in a trapezoidal arrangement. A bow window is four or more windows arranged in a curve.
Are bay and bow windows operable?
Bay and bow windows are usually operable ("venting") as a collective, but individual windows may be fixed (non-opening). For instance, the middle unit of a bay window is often fixed in place (picture window) while the left and right units are operable casement or double-hung windows. Likewise, some, all, or none of the windows in the bow arrangement may be operable. Some homeowners only care about the view!
Can I achieve a contemporary look with a bay or bow window?
You can absolutely achieve a contemporary look with a bay or bow window. The key to modern bay or bow windows is clean sightlines and minimalist design — that means smaller frames, more glass, and fewer adornments like grilles or moldings or fancy exterior trim. Of course if you are going for a stately throwback look, all of those options could be in play.
How much return on investment can I expect from a bay or bow window?
You can expect a high return on investment from installing a bay or bow window — in some cases nearly 75 percent. The added natural light, ventilation, interior space, panoramic views, and curb appeal tend to be quite a draw with homebuyers.
How much interior space can I add with a bay or bow window?
Bay windows can offer a modest increase in interior space, while bow windows increase square footage very little, if at all. The bump-out created by a bay window can be used for additional seating, storage, or decor. Both window styles enhance the sense of depth and openness in whatever room they're installed.
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