Bay Windows Add Character and Area To A Home

Our California ranch design home had a big image window in the front space. The window extended from a few inches above the flooring to only a few inches below the cathedral ceiling. It was the perfect window to be replaced with a bay window.

We thought about a bow window, however chosen to set up a bay window instead. We simply felt that our particular home looked better with three panel bay window rather than the multiple panel bow windows. Our intent was to fill the seat board of the bay with potted plants we had sitting in front of the current photo window.

Scratch vs Pre-built

When we initially got the idea of installing the new window, I started collecting prepare for developing a bay window. Thumbing through publications and books, and the Internet online search engine, I discovered a number of prepare for building a bay window from scratch. I also discovered that carrying out such a job was going to be unnecessary. The majority of the major window makers, such as Pella, Milgard and Anderson make both entirely pre-assembled bay windows as well as pre-built parts for bay windows.

Nowadays very few professionals will handle the project of building a bay or bow window from scratch. It merely isn’t practical when for the same or less cash they can set up a high quality pre-built window. If the professionals use pre-built windows or components for new home construction or remodeling projects, then we could do the same for our redesigning job, we reasoned.

Setting up a bay window can quickly be a do-it-yourselfer task. Prior to you go the do it yourself route, nevertheless, you might desire to line up a contractor to help out if needed.

You are likewise going to wish to line up some assistance. Bay windows and window elements are heavy. At least they are too heavy for one person to handle.

Installing the window indicates opening a hole into your house. It can take a couple of days to get the new window in location and sealed.

Make sure and examine your city or neighborhood building and construction codes. There may be special regional requirements, such as having safety glass in low profile windows. You are most likely going to require a building permit anyway, so that is likewise a good time to inspect the codes.

Tools and Materials Needed

The tools you will need for this project consist of a tape measure, a framing square that you can likewise use as a straight edge, a circular saw or miter saw, crow bars, drill and bits, level, stapler, utility knife, tin snips and a caulking gun.

The products you will require include the bay window unit, the support brackets, nails, roof paper, shingles, roofing nails, outside grade silicone caulking and fiberglass insulation. You will likewise need 1X6 inch boards for the window skirting. If you are expanding an existing window, or if you are setting up the window in a space that was formerly the wall, you will also require 2X4s for cripple studs and additional framing.

Standard Installation Steps

This is a list of the fundamental installation actions and they have actually been abbreviated in the interests of simpleness and space. The window unit you purchase will have complete setup steps. When you check out and follow them, take it from the voice of experience; it really makes the task go much more efficiently and it will be completed in much less time.

  1. Establish window position in the wall. Measuring the bay window, mark on the outside of the home the opening required for the new window.
  2. Build the framing for the brand-new window. This will likely consist of cutting through existing studs and putting in a new header, rough sill, jack studs and paralyze studs.
  3. A window up to 5 feet wide will take a minimum of 2 support braces. A wider window will require 3.
  4. Set the window in location. Lift the bay window on the assistance braces and move it into the rough opening.
  5. Construct the window roofing system. Set the roofing frame on top of the bay window unit and nail in place. Fill the area in between the roofing and the top of the bay window with insulation.
  6. Set up the window skirting around the bottom of the window. Fill will insulation and after that attach the skirt bottom to seal the beneath side of the window.
  7. Seal the edges with silicone caulking.

In our case, I had two pals helping with the task. We have actually interacted on other projects and interact well. We had the old window out and the rough framing finished on Saturday afternoon. We buttoned up the hole with plywood over night and returned to work the next day. By Sunday evening we had the brand-new window set up and the roof and skirting completed. On Monday afternoon I finished sealing up the outdoors and finished the trim work for the within.

And, we were right. It was the perfect area for a bay window. It looked great from the outside. Measuring the bay window, mark on the exterior of the house the opening required for the brand-new window.

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