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Add Space to Your Home with Bay Windows

Mar 4, 2008
If you want to add character and value to your home then you may want to consider adding bay windows to your home. You can install a bay window by yourself, even if you are a novice at DIY. All you need is a few tools, equipment and a spare pair of hands.

When I installed a bay window in our Californian ranch style house it was amazing. Before it had a large picture window which took up most of the wall. The window had a good view of lots of trees and flowers, so it was the perfect location for a lovely bay window.

The existing window was pretty much square, it was around 72 inches square. I did think about a bow window, however I felt that a bay window would be better suited to the property. We were going to use the seat bored to put all of our potted plants onto. This would give us extra space in the room, and also change the appearance of the room.

Build your own or buy one already made?

I started to collect numerous plans for building a bay window when I first had the idea. I started looking through many different books and home improvement magazines, I also resorted to searching on the internet. I found quite a few plans fairly easily, these focused on building a bay window from scratch.

However, the more that I searched I found out that I wouldn't have to do everything by myself. Many popular manufacturers of windows produce pre-made bay windows and pre-built components which make the job so much easier.

Not many people bother to build their own bay or bow window from scratch, it just takes too long. For around the same money, or sometimes even less it's possible to purchase and install a very nice, high quality pre-built bay window. As the professionals also use pre-built units, surely they are good enough for use with our DIY remodeling projects.

It can be very easy to install a bay window, you rarely need any professionals to install it for you. You should make sure that you are capable of the whole project by yourself, get a contractor in if you are at all in doubt. This job will take quite a long time, probably longer than a weekend, so be prepared for the discomfort.

You will also need an extra pair of hands, in the form of a friend. Bay windows are very heavy and bulky, one person would struggle to manage these windows, and so help is needed.

Make sure that you check the weather forecast for the time which you think the work will be in progress for. You will have to cut a hole in your wall, you will need to seal this up very well if it's going to rain heavily, otherwise your home and furniture could experience damage.

You should also check out the regulations of building in your city and state. There might be certain requirements which must be met, for example you may need to use safety glass in low windows. You will almost certainly need a building permit for such a task.
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Focusing on news and information about curtains for bay window, Eric Slarkowski pens most often for http://www.replacement-windows-tips.com . His work on bay window are published on http://www.replacement-windows-tips.com/bay-windows.html .
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