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01-11-2010, 02:36 PM   #1
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Tall Windows and Trim Problem

We are in the process of building a new house. There are a handful of 6' (or 72") windows in it. The windows are set at a 6'8" (or 80") height to be aligned with the doors.

The issue my builder is telling me we will run into is the apron on my window trim will be meeting my baseboard. I plan to trim my other smaller windows with simple 1x's. We plan to have a tall baseboard, approx 7.5".

So if you do the math, 80" height (top of the windows) minus 72" window size leave it 8" inches from the floor. This puts the window stool 8 inches from the floor and .5 inch from the baseboard.

What do you guys suggest?

Thanks

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01-11-2010, 04:52 PM   #2
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 Originally Posted by crutch We are in the process of building a new house. There are a handful of 6' (or 72") windows in it. The windows are set at a 6'8" (or 80") height to be aligned with the doors. The issue my builder is telling me we will run into is the apron on my window trim will be meeting my baseboard. I plan to trim my other smaller windows with simple 1x's. We plan to have a tall baseboard, approx 7.5". So if you do the math, 80" height (top of the windows) minus 72" window size leave it 8" inches from the floor. This puts the window stool 8 inches from the floor and .5 inch from the baseboard. What do you guys suggest? Thanks
You still need to put molding around the perimeter of the window. How wide are the 1x's?
Might make sense to get a smaller window so the two moldings aren't right on top of one another.
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 01-11-2010, 06:03 PM #3 Member     Join Date: Dec 2009 Location: Edmonton, Alberta Posts: 1,983 Rewards Points: 392 raise the windows up a few inches. unless the windows and doors are on the same wall, it should go un-noticed. allowing for the height of the door slab, an airspace under it (5/8" or 3/4"), and the door jamb header thickness when doing the calculations, the door will be above the 6'8" mark. that is the slab length. I use 82 1/2" for door cripple height above floor. I cut the cripples at 82.5, sit it on the bottom plate (1 1/2")and fill under the header with a piece of wall thickness material to allow for a trim nailer at the header. this allows for some height adjustment depending on the floor finish and makes it easier to set the strike side of the jamb when installing the door. Many ways to frame and hang doors. If you are just framing the wall right now, have the window headers positioned up under the top plate and fill in the underside of the header once you determine how to handle the window openings.
 01-11-2010, 07:29 PM #4 Member   Join Date: Jan 2009 Location: Long Island Posts: 348 Rewards Points: 250 not knowing what windows your using but if theyre Anderons, the window is 1 1/4" thick o all sides, in other words, the window opening has to be 1 1/2" higher than the door opening to have the window jamb and the door jamb align. Hard to say without seeing it. You could have a wider sill, as wide out as the baseboard and forget about adding on the apron piece or 3/4 corner molding over the jambs or rock, corner bead and spackle, no molding or .. . like I said, without seeing, its hard to say.
 01-11-2010, 09:05 PM #5 Member   Join Date: Mar 2009 Posts: 780 Rewards Points: 500 Take a look at this picture as you can see the area under the windows is framed to match the window trim and the baseboard terminates at the frame. Attached Thumbnails
 01-11-2010, 10:06 PM #6 Newbie   Join Date: Jan 2010 Location: Virginia Posts: 2 Rewards Points: 10 Here are some samples of what I am looking to do. I really wish I had closeups. Attached Images
 01-11-2010, 11:58 PM #7 Member   Join Date: Mar 2009 Posts: 62 Rewards Points: 55 What's wrong with that? I've seen windows go very close to baseboard where only a tiny strip of paint separates the two. I wouldn't think it's a problem, but you could always just reduce the base by .5" to increase the separation if you feel you must. Or, increase the baseboard .5" so they meet.
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Bingo, heyewe. The portion under the window can be trimmed to look like a raised panel.

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