new stud window frame in an old stud house
I live in a house that was built when 2x4 lumber actually measured in at 2"x4". I'd like to relocate a window, which will involve builing some new window framing. I'll have to do this with new 2x4 studs which measure in at 1.5"x3.5". What kinds of things should I be aware of when butting new studs against old studs, which side of the house (interior or exterior should I keep the new studs flush with, and will I need to do anything to compensate for the smaller dimension lumber I'll be using?
Align the framing with the outside of the house and cut 1/2 inch rips to make the lumber match to inside so casings and drywall or plaster all align. You can custom order windows to fit this jamb width, including lath and plaster if necessary, or build out jambs on wood windows. I encourage you to consider windows with wood jambs as it is very difficult to adjust jambs on vinyl or other extrusion systems. Wood windows can be made to order for custom wall thicknesses. Not to be redundant, but I suggested Sierra Pacific Windows in another post. http://www.sierrapacificwindows.com/ Any wood window frame will work because you can build jamb extensions as needed, its just nice to know you can order windows that will fit these applications.