You know it when you walk into the room. There’s not enough light, and it seems like there’s just not enough space for it to feel inviting, either for you or your guests. Kitchens and living rooms are common offenders, although bedrooms can also feel a bit darker and smaller than you want them to.
When a room feels too small, what can you do about it? Extensive house renovations are often expensive, costing tens of thousands of dollars just to add to a single room. At the same time, you also don’t want to settle for feeling confined in your own home. There’s actually a simple, affordable way to instantly make your room feel more spacious and airy. As your local window and door company, with years of experience, we’re going to let you in on our professional secret to instantly open any space, without drastically changing the floor plan.
The Secret: Bay and Bow Windows
Window companies across Canada will tell you that bay and bow windows can immediately change your home – but how? The secret lies in how these windows create the illusion of more space through their design and through visual access to the outdoors. As an added bonus, they’re an instantly charming and striking architectural feature for the exterior of your home, improving both the value and aesthetic appeal of your house.
Bay windows are composed of three separate window panels, arranged in an angle that slightly extends out past the established wall. This allows for a larger view of the outside than regular, flat-to-the-wall windows could provide, and creates the sense that the room is actually larger than it really is. A bay window space can even add a little extra floor room, perfect for a breakfast table or a reading nook, depending on the size of the installation. The windows can be opened as normal to permit a fresh, warm breeze or kept closed to admire the raindrops during a thunderstorm.
Bow windows are similar to bay windows, with one notable change. While bay windows are only composed of three panels, bow windows can have four or more windows that create the “bowed” shape of the extension. This makes it possible to create a smoother, shallower design that still lets in plenty of light without requiring extensive structural changes. You can configure the design to include almost any style of window that you like, including picture windows or casement windows.
Things to Consider Before Replacement
You’ll want to carefully evaluate the size you’d like your new windows to be. Smaller windows can fit neatly into an existing space, but if you want a large or dramatic bow window installation, you’ll need to evaluate the new space and how the windows will be supported. A professional contractor or installation expert will be able to provide valuable clarity and guidance as to this issue.
You’ll also want to consider the style of the window you’re interested in. Are you looking for windows that simply stay fixed in place, offering a view outside, or do you want them to be able to open fully to allow for maximum airflow? Does your home have an existing architectural style that needs to be considered, or will your new windows be the starring attraction?
Barrie’s Local Window and Door Company
Kempenfelt Windows & Doors has been Barrie’s favourite window and door company for 21 years, and we’re well-versed in helping our customers pick precisely the right type of windows for their home. Our installation experts make sure you get the best product at the best price, allowing you to enjoy the home of your dreams not “someday,” but today. Say goodbye to small spaces and ask about adding a bay or bow window to your home.
For more information on the products available through our window and door company, give us a call at (705) 737-1554. You can also send us a message online or swing by one of our showrooms.