Bay windows are one of the oldest and most enduring features of residential architecture. From the Renaissance homes of French nobility to 19th century English flats or the most modern of American houses, bay windows are an attractive addition that looks just as great from the outside as it does from the inside. But if you're planning on adding bay windows to your home, start by considering what style you'd prefer most. Which fits with your home's current decor and design?

Marvin replacement windows in New Jersey has you covered no matter what bay window type you choose. Traditionally, they're made from three separate windows – one larger picture window flanked by smaller ones on either side, usually set at angles. However, Marvin's fiberglass replacement windows offer the versatility of construction that means you can adopt any look you want for your home. The one unchangeable factor is that your home will be well-lit and beautiful.

1. The box bay
Houzz provides this style window as a great example of a basic bay, though without the angled windows – and with the right window installation help, an ideal renovation for any home. Box bays consist of a literal box of space being added to one side of your ground floor room. The box bay doesn't have to extend far out in order to offer your room a new spaciousness and superior lighting, either. It's a great spot to place a desk or add a window seat for reading and relaxation.

2. The oriel
According to Houzz, any bay window that's not on the ground floor but cantilevered and protruding from an upper story is called an oriel window. No matter their design, oriel windows are an immediately distinctive feature of any home. Working it into the overall architecture of your home is a great idea – consider how an oriel bay window could work as an overhang for your front door.

3. The angled bay
This is the style of bay window that most folks are familiar with. Unlike a box bay, this style angles its windows so that they provide a more panoramic view around a multi-sided box. Angled bays can be installed on the bottom floor, but there's no reason they can't also work as oriel windows and be constructed above.

4. The bow bay
Take the angled bay window and gently smooth it out – that's how you get the bow. With softer geometry, these windows offer a different architectural style than your typical bay window, but just as much light. They're ideal for rooms with long walls that will benefit from exquisite views.

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