Expanding the Feel of Your Living Room with a Bay Window July 3, 2016 Bay Windows Your living room is basically the same as it was 10 years ago, maybe even 15 or 20 years ago. You may not have thought much about the impact windows can have on certain rooms in your house, and that oversized picture window has served its purpose, but now it might be time for a change. It’s a good idea to consider replacing the windows in your home at least every 15 years. That’s because windows begin to wear out between 10 and 15 years. This reduces their energy efficiency, functionality, and even security. Whether you have a picture window that is bordered by a couple of double hung windows in your living room, a series of double hung windows, or casement windows, you could be missing out on a great opportunity to capitalize on not only the illusion of more space in the living room, but the great view that expands beyond the glass. A bay window could be something you want to consider and talk to with your spouse or significant other. A bay window is essentially a three-part window that expands out away from the house. It will have two smaller windows that angle away from the house and then what is similar to a picture window between them. This creates a shelf that can be perfect for plants, pictures, and other mementos that can capture light well. Those angled windows may be casement style to allow you to open them for fresh air to come into the home. You can completely do away with those double hung windows and enjoy the expansive beauty that a bay window can offer. If you’re concerned about privacy, consider shutters that are specifically designed for that type of window and you can have a completely fresh look and feel to your living room. Making the right investment in replacement windows can actually increase the value of your entire home.