Bow Windows and Bay Windows
Of the hundreds of parts that make up a house, windows affect our lives the most. Outside, they reflect the architectural style of a home and, when properly sized and placed, give a sense of balance and scale. Inside, they provide natural light and frame our view of the world. They can also transform a room and determine how we see it — the colors, textures, and furnishings we choose for the space and our activities within that room often are based on how much light windows let in. All that from a flat pane of glass. But that’s just the beginning. You can give the exterior of your home added dimension, gain more light and dramatically increase your views by replacing that flat pane with an elegant bay or bow window. Unlike a flat window, a bay window reaches out to capture light and views from three angles. The deep seat board also provides a cozy perch for reading the paper and watching the world go by. As with most components of a home, bay windows and bow windows come in several styles and a multitude of sizes. What is the difference between the bay window and the bow window?
A bay window has three windows and bow windows have four or more. Both bay and bow windows have angled projections and are built with both operable style windows like single hungs and casements or picture windows. They can also be built with combinations of the two. Bay windows are more angular, whereas bow windows have a more curved appearance, both inside and outside of the home.