In architecture, a bay is the space between architectural elements, a recess or a compartment. The word itself actually comes from the old French word ‘baee’, which means opening or hole. Bay windows are a combination of three or more windows which angle out beyond an exterior wall in a square, hexagonal or octagonal shape. Because they angle out beyond the exterior wall, this creates a compartment. As a compartment falls under the definition of a bay in architectural terms, they are known as bay windows.
What is the origin of bay windows?
Bay windows have their roots in the mansions of the English Renaissance period (late 15th century – early 17th century). During this time, the majority of them were oriel windows, a form of bay window that extends from a building’s wall but does not touch the ground. They were usually placed at the end of a great hall, behind the raised dais that seated the mansion’s lord. Their use in the Gothic era extended to small chapels in larger churches that could be used for private worships. During the Victorian era, they were a regular feature on newly built homes and other architecture from the time.
What is the difference between bay windows and bow windows?
Like bay windows, bow windows extend beyond an exterior wall, however they differ in a number of important ways. Firstly, bow windows feature four, five or six windows instead of the usual three. Their shape also differs enormously; whereas bay windows are angled in a square, hexagonal or octagonal shape, bow windows are curved. As they use more panels, bow windows tend to be wider in size too, although they usually don’t protrude as far outwards.
What benefits do bay and bow windows provide?
For homeowners, either option is an excellent choice for adding a stylish and unique focal point to your home. As a combination of numerous windows, they are also great for adding large amounts of light into interior rooms. Additionally, they also create more floor space, which can be used to house a storage or seating bench, if desired. This is a fantastic option for anyone who enjoys gazing out of their window too.
High-performance bay and bow windows supplied throughout Bristol and beyond
If you live in Bristol or the surrounding area and are looking for bay and bow windows, Associated can help. We supply them with a Window Energy Rating of A as standard, meaning their heat retention is excellent, leading to lower energy bills. There’s also a variety of style and colour options to choose from so you can find the perfect option for your home. For more information or to get a quote, call us on 0117 9311777 or send us an online message.