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There is nothing that can replace the warm glow of natural sunlight in a home. Many older homes were built with limited windows, and this can create a closed off and rather dark ambiance in a room. If you have been thinking about making an improvement to your home, upgrading the windows with gorgeous bay windows may be an ideal solution. In fact, these windows can be installed with beautiful results in many rooms of the home.
Bay windows are designed to make the look and feel of any room more spacious, while bringing in light and increasing its brightness. A bay window can work in living areas, bedrooms, kitchens, home offices, as well as family or dining areas where an increase in natural light would make the environment a more enjoyable place.
The installation is the biggest challenge with a bay window. The construction of the bay window frame and the correct method of installing the waterproofing mechanisms like flashing will be the difference between a beautiful window you and your family will enjoy for many years or a world of unwanted problems.
New Bay Windows
A bay window is a series of windows that might be a combination of single or double hung windows or maybe casement windows to form a bay that projects outside of the home.
One of the more beautiful options available for your home, but very challenging to install. Bay windows are very popular in the Chicagoland area because they can brighten up a room and make a room feel bigger.
Bay Window Installation
Bay windows are one of the more challenging windows to install for contractors because if not installed properly, they can leak. Our installation process starts off by building a frame using 1 inch and ¼ furniture grade plywood. Using this as a material will ensure the extra weight will be supported. After the frame is complete, we will install a vertical frame over the window using 3 2×6 rafters at both of the windows ends, then we install the roof with plywood, shingles or copper. After we flash the roof with galvanized steel or copper and then lay the finish. This is the most effective process we have seen when installing bay windows.
In The Kitchen
The kitchen maybe one of the last places that you may think about installing bay windows, but this may be an area where the results can be most enjoyed. This is a room that is often darker than other rooms in the home simply because so much of the wall space is covered by cabinets rather than windows. However, you can install a large bay window near the kitchen sink. This can provide extra cabinet space as well as additional light from a larger window with multiple angles. The results of this simple addition to your space can be astounding.
In the Living Room
A large bay window can also transform the look of your living room while providing additional functional space. Consider how the addition of a bay window with a window seat feature can be used in your home. The window seat can be used as a separate alcove for reading or relaxing, or it can be used for additional seating around the main area of the living room. Under the seating area, you may install a hidden storage area that can also create additional function. The large windows can add style through their look as well as ambiance through the addition of sunlight.
In The Bedroom
Another idea is to install a large bay window in the bedroom. This can be installed to replace an existing window or on a solid wall that currently lacks a window. Consider creating an additional alcove to the room to add new dimensions to the room. This may not add additional square footage to the space, but the added dimension of the alcove can create the look of more space. Furthermore, it can add a seating area in a room that may not have much space for seating right now. This can be used for relaxation or for seating while holding a casual conversation. Just as the area under the seating area can be used for storage in a living room, the same holds true for this space in a bedroom.
Bay windows can truly enhance the look of a home in a number of ways. A bay window is often viewed as an enhanced or upgraded feature because it does provide aesthetic and functional benefits. If you have been thinking about a way to add more natural sunlight to a room while also enhancing the look of a room with functional features, the addition of a new bay window may be a great idea to consider to add curb appeal & value to your Chicagoland home.
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