Is it okay to mix different window styles? Our house we're building
has all double-hung windows, but some are 6-over-6 panes and some are
9-over-9 panes. Is that a no-no? Looks alright to me, but I want to
make sure we're not breaking some kind of "rule." I know there are no
"rules," but still. Here's a link so you can see what I mean:
Also, when you look at the front elevation referenced above, do you
think it would look better with 24" high railings instead of 36" high?
We don't have to do 36" according to code since our porch floor is less
than 2 feet off the ground. If we do 24" railings, do you think it
would look good to move the window sills up to 24"? Currently the
rough opening is 12" off the ground, which I'm starting to realize will
be inconvenient for things like end tables. But mostly I want to do
what looks good. But I can't decide. I need some input. Please help.
You're safe: it was normal in Georgian design to use graduated
window sizes -- getting smaller on the upper floors, as in this
design -- and to have fewer panes in the smaller windows.
Like this, of around 1730, which goes 15-12-6 on
I'll leave advice on that to others, but if reducing the height
of the ground-floor windows makes them about the same size as the
first-floor ones, you should probably reduce the number of panes
in the re-sized lower windows.
Architectural and topographical historian
Looks good to me. The lower windows being taller NEED extra
lights. The normal configuration would be 6 over 9 in like
circumstances but 9 over 9 look just fine to me. To look more
uniform I would go with the 6/9 but It *is your* house. If the
lower ones go all the way to the floor, doesn't look like it, then
9/9 would be the right configuration anyway. PS 9/9 harder to
I would leave the rail as is. Looks good and no one is going to
trip over it although your fat relatives will sit on it so make it
Consider if want chairs on your front porch?
How much of the back of chairs do you want
to see through your windows?
You may want to choose your porch furniture
and spec around that.
If you like low chairs then go a low railing,
so you can see over it easily.
What you may have failed to notice is that the approx. size of each division
(panes) is the same size WITH the two different lights over lights from
bottom floor and top floor.
Also worth mentioning is that all things artistic, it's a matter of taste.
Many are ruled by what has been done before but that is not a necessity.
Having said that, though, it seems that most people are ruled by tradition
(what is expected) and don't like to veer off the beaten path too much.
Reminds me of Bush telling Moore in one of his docu's to get a real job.
"...Would you like to swing on a star...
Be a mobile phone or a car...
Or would you rather be a mule?..."
-- Tom Ellard
I'd rather be a mule of course. :)
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