I have a small 28W x 35H kitchen window and are planning to open the window
up to 45 x 45 and install a small bay window - probably each of the 3 panels
would be the same width. There is no problem opening the wall up, but I am
running into windows companies having a minimum opening of 60-in wide. They
all try to talk me into a large window but I am limited on space so 45 is
Couple of questions -- why is the bay window so much more expensive to
purchase and install that the standard tract-home style sliding window?
Prices I am getting are about $1100 to enlarge the window to code, another
$1000 for the window and another $1000 to install it.
Thanks in advance!
A quick check of my Andersen catalog shows that their smallest is 56", and
those are 90 degree box bays, not angled bays. Their smallest angle bay is 64".
45" would really be a small bay. If you can't locate a standard 45" unit, it
could be made up from individual windows, but that is a lot of expert
I'm running into a similar sizing problem. I would like to put eliptical
sunbursts over two 36" windows, but nobody makes eliptical versions under 63",
Well, how does the fully complete bay compare to three standard
What code are we speaking of here? Can't be an egress consideration,
surely??? I was assuming this was over sink in kitchen but guess it
could be elsewhere.
If you're limited to less than what standard sizes are available, your
choices are to either forget the idea, have a custom unit manufactured
(say $$$) or build in-situ. Depending on where you are, there may be
local manufacturers who will do the second and depending on your
project you may be able to get the last. Except for the potential for
having the opening open to the weather for a longer time, it's likely
the most cost-effective option if you can arrange it to use standard
sizes for all three. This small, I'd be tempted to make the two side
units relatively small and fixed.
Std windows are around $150-250 plus $200 each for installation. Even if you
enlarge all three std window frames, the small bay is still less.
Yes, over the sink. I'm talking about installing the new header, water
seal, etc. -- typical things inspectors look for when creating a new
opening. Egress is not a factor here.
Today we found a standard "off the shelf" bay with 30 degree sides instead
of 45. Looks great, and they can do 45-inches wide as standard. And can go
down to 36-inches wide. And the two side panels are casement.
I'm surprised you don't open your lines of communication with the potential
contractors, and ask exactly what you did here.
Personally, I think with a bay window, the two end windows should equal the
fixed picture window. Otherwise, you get a funky looking bay. Also, the
projection of the bay should have an appearance to blend in with the rest
of the structure. Projection is how far the window projects out from the
structure, this is part of the window specifications along with the sizing.
Bay windows are more expensive to make, than a standard window. You have a
seat & the head, which are normally specified in oak. You will need a roof,
or sometimes people prefer to save money if they have a large overhang, and
finish off the window without a roof (ugh). You will also need to insulate
the seat board, and depending on the option you chose to finish the
underside of bay, the cost will vary greatly.
To enlarge a window, most of the time, except in rare instances, you will
have to reframe for a header opening. You will also have to cut siding, and
depending on what type of siding you have, the price will be reflective.
For such a small opening, you may want to look into a garden window.
Acutally I did. Basically it's because this is a small job by contractor
standards and all the contractors I contacted are backlogged 2-3 months here
in Calif. Driving around the neighborhood, there is a least one home
improvement project on every street.
Yes, a bay window is more expensive. Prices I get are a 45 x 45 bay (not
installed) is $1000-1500. A 45 x 45 std slider is $200.
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