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Old 04-08-2011, 04:56 PM   #1
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I live in an 70's or 80's style house that I've been remodeling.
Last year, I began replacing the old aluminum windows with vinyl ones from Home Depot. South Stock, 2900 series new install type, with flanges.

Basically, the house had old masonite type siding and we are replacing it with vinyl siding, replacing the windows as we went. This worked out perfect.


I got to a point where I had to stop at one small portion, the bathroom.

We are planning on remodeling the bathroom and replacing the window.

The bathroom has a standard metal tub which we would like to keep.

For some reason, the people who built the house decide to put a typical 32X36 aluminum window in it, and the location is right above the tub.

We would like to (a) replace the window with a small, vinyl siding new window with flanges (think they are for new construction, not replacement) that slides. I would like the size to be the same length of 32", but half the height, maybe 18" or less. We would like the window to have some type of privacy coating, frosted, etc....since it's a bathroom.

Do they make such a thing without having to have it custom built?

(b), once that's done, I would need to redo the tub area with new walls. I like some of the plastic tub inserts one sees when looking at home depot or lowes, especially with the shelves built in. Would that be difficult to adapt to my current tub? is there something better I can go with?

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You'll likely have to do a custom made window for that.

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Charles, many years ago when I had my(now my ex-wifes) house sided, I ran into the same situation. The solution was to purchase one of the contractor's sample windows, about 12"tall by 24" wide. It was a functioning double hung window that I had mounted sideways. Worked out very well.
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For some reason, the people who built the house decide to put a typical 32X36 aluminum window in it, and the location is right above the tub.
Is this a tub/shower, or just a tub?

A window in a shower is a bad idea. It is difficult to get them watertight, and will most likely lead to water damage, rot, mold, and other nasties as water leaks into the wall.

Ask me how I learned this.

If you can't relocate it out of the shower, you might consider a transom window set well above where the water will hit.
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Do they make such a thing without having to have it custom built?
Just go to a lumber yard or window dealer (not box a store) and order what you want.

Windows are priced by surface area, you can order just about any size you want to an 1/8Ē.

Just because itís not on the shelf at HD doesnít make it a custom window.
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Charles, many years ago when I had my(now my ex-wifes) house sided, I ran into the same situation. The solution was to purchase one of the contractor's sample windows, about 12"tall by 24" wide. It was a functioning double hung window that I had mounted sideways. Worked out very well.
A window installed in this fashion will likely fail at some point for various reasons, the first being weep holes for water to get out will not be in the right area. I'd advise against this solution, (at least in wet climates) Also, the sashes may not function correctly.

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Have you considered an awning window?

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Good idea! (frosted, of course)

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Charles, many years ago when I had my(now my ex-wifes) house sided, I ran into the same situation. The solution was to purchase one of the contractor's sample windows, about 12"tall by 24" wide. It was a functioning double hung window that I had mounted sideways. Worked out very well.
I'm sorry but that is a terrible idea. A window will only function and seal properly if it is installed in the way it was designed to be.

Ron is right on. Go to a lumberyard/building supply house and you can order a window to the exact size that you want. There is no such thing as a "standard size" vinyl window, except in regard to what HD keeps in stock. I also agree that an awning window (although more expensive) would work better. It won't have a trough to accumulate water and mildew, it seals better, and the type of weatherstripping/seals used will also be less likely to collect mildew and gunk. You can probably something like that for $250-$300 or so.
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Good idea! (frosted, of course)

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Go to a stained glass shop and have them cut you a piece of frosted glass.
Run a bead of silicone around the inside perimeter and set the glass into it.

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Go to a stained glass shop and have them cut you a piece of frosted glass.
Run a bead of silicone around the inside perimeter and set the glass into it.

Done.
You can order the window with obscure glass and save a Silicone Tree.
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I just ordered the window you're looking for, at Home Depot. Look at the American Craftsman line (made by Silverline). They have some 19" tall, with fixed or sliding glass. I know they make a 24" and a 36" wide. I think 32" was an option.

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