The first of Chartwell’s look at window types

Bay windows

Colourful: a set of bay windows seen on a Spanish apartment block. Image by James Harrison (via Shutterstock).

You see bay windows on many a property, from the mightiest of mansions to the most modest of bolt-holes. As seen in the above picture, they can be set to an inside angle of 90°. Other popular inside angles include bay windows set to 120° and 150°. Each bay is typically square or polygon.

Bay windows were first seen in cathedrals, abbeys, and churches, with their popularity rising in the Middle Ages. Prior to the Baroque era, they were mainly oriel windows and used for ornamental purposes. Oriel windows are supported by corbels or brackets.

By the Victorian era, they became a common feature of most houses, allowing for more natural light. Bay windows would also be seen in commercial buildings with Oriel Chambers in Liverpool being a pioneering example.

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A standard residential bay window.


20th Century Bay Windows

Bay windows came into their own in the early 20th century. As London’s commuter belt expanded, workers left the crowded inner city suburbs in favour of more rural suburbs for cleaner air. Some of which was inspired by faster journey times on the Metropolitan Railway in its pre-London Underground guise. The area was dubbed Metroland. Influential, was Ebenezer Howard’s Garden Cities Movement with Letchworth and Welwyn Garden City its pioneering examples. The houses? Mainly detached or semi-detached with bay windows. Modern-day suburbia came of age.

By the 1930s, double glazing began to rise in popularity. Much of this due to Crittall’s metal-framed windows. The smooth lines and chamfered edges were very much of the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne styles and offered a sleek modern look. One that stands the test of time today.

Wooden bay windows

Today, many modern day houses have bay windows. As well as metal frames, a great many have PVC-U frames. For properties of any age, these wooden windows offer a more environmentally-friendly yet robust alternative to PVC-U equivalents. For older properties where PVC-U frames could mar their appearance, wooden framed windows make aesthetic sense.

If you would like further information on wooden bay windows, or would like a free no-obligation quote, why not give us a call on 01798 815570, send us an email, or fill in our quick contact form. We will be delighted to hear from you very soon.

Chartwell Wooden Windows, 16 June 2016.

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