It is time to replace the windows along the front of my house. One room I
use as an office and the other as a spare bedroom. Alas, the windows, large
6ft wide and 5ft high, are mounted 22" off the floors, so anything I put in
front of them has to be moved away from the walls--a couch in one case and a
desk in another.
I was thinking that perhaps I should go for 4ft high windows and mount them
34" off the floor. The siding is simulated board-batten, i.e. 3/8"
rough-sawn ply with 1x vertical strips every 16 inches. The house is an
overly-flat ranch style, somewhat buried into a hillside, so any exterior
appearance of height is a good thing.... interior will get craftsman style
casing, base, and crowns.
Has anyone else wrestled with this? Should I raise the windows or just go
with the current size? The construction aspects are easy enough, but I am
wondering about the design/effort tradeoffs. Thanks for any suggestions.
You build a room for space and install windows for light, air and
obtaining a view. Unless you have some spectacular view right under
those windows, I'd opt for raising them up so you can utilize the
space in front of the windows more easily. Code only requires impact
resistant glass if the glass is within 18" of the floor.
I don't know where the change is taking place but code
requires egress out of the room too. Even if it is
fixed glass, I would want it low enough to throw a
chair through it to keep the fire from my butt.
Good point about the egress implications. The OP said the windows
were 6' wide by 5' tall and he's contemplating making them ~ 4' tall.
There's enough room there - whether smaller windows will work as
egress windows would depend on the OP's choice in windows.
Thanks for all the suggestions. The only spectacular view is that of the
damn wabbits chewing on my shrubbery. The exterior grade is about level
with my floor, so egress is not a problem, whether I raise the window
bottoms a bit or not, you can pretty much just step through--thereby
scattering the aforementioned wabbits. Oh, and a window box is not an
option for me, a) I suck at shrubbery and b) the wabbits already have a
By the way, the house is 40 yrs old so matching the rough-sawn siding (with
15 coats of paint on it) may be less than perfect if I were to raise the
window bottoms. Then again, I keep thinking it would be nice to be able to
put furniture right up against the window walls. Then there is the price of
the windows, going from 30 sqft to 24 should save me a wee bit, as well as
H/AC bills... quite a dilemma?
Others must have such low windows. Are they a pain from an
interior/furniture perspective for you too, or am I just hallucinating?
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