06:00AM | 03/04/03
Member Since: 03/03/03
4 lifetime posts
My family is considering buying 19 windows for our 150 year old farm house. I have several concerns which are as follows...
1) The construction of the home is one which the window frames are not actually framed, What I mean is that standard construction today involves headers, trimmers, cripples, etc... our home only has a diagonal cripple and no header on the top, and there or no trimmers on the sides of the window just studs which are not part of the window frame, and the same on for the bottom cripple, its almost like the window casing floats in between studs with no real structural support. Also, the wood window casings are rotting do to age. So if I remove the wood casing I will not have a window frame except a diagonal cripple on the top and bottom. What should I do???
2) My house is appraised at approx. 115000 and the outside walls are uninsulated. I would like to avoid over construction and under construction? What would you recommend for a type of window and what would the approximate cost be to buy 19 windows that would increase the apraised value of my home.
3) Is it cheaper to resize the window opening to standard windows or is it cost effective to go with a custom size.

Please respond

[This message has been edited by LSKirkbride1 (edited March 04, 2003).]

[This message has been edited by LSKirkbride1 (edited March 04, 2003).]

Bob Jr

03:11AM | 03/08/03
Member Since: 01/19/03
44 lifetime posts

I don't see anything wrong with nailing a window right to the studs on the sides. You could probably slip a "header" in the open space once the window is out.

Resizing has problems as well, it will leave a gap between siding and window where brickmold/trim goes. You can fill the gap with a 1x cedar cut to the needed width or you'll need to find matching siding and piece it in. I have pieced in the siding at the top and bottom and used the cedar for the sides.

Any openings between the wall studs that are exposed should be filled with insulation since the opportunity is there to do it.

Look at Andersen Renewel windows, made for replacement.

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