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Old 01-07-2009, 09:14 AM   #1
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Need some input. I've replaced the 1950's vertical windows in my house to get more of a colonial look (5 upper story/4 lower) and am trying to figure out what to about the middle window on the upper story. It doesn't exist yet but our portico comes up too high to fit in the same 30x56 windows that are already in (too many changes on the fly...). I have a 30x48 I was going to use but when the contractor placed it, I didn't like how it threw off the symmetry. Has anyone used windows that have a larger top "half" than the bottom. I'm thinking if I get a 50"-52" window made with the top half the same size as the installed windows, I will maintain the symmetry and the smaller bottom "half" of the window will be partially hidden by the portico anyways. Thoughts? I've attached what it looks like with the 48" window held
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how about a round,oval or octagon?Is it a bedroom window with egress concerns?

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No egress issues with this one. I'm trying to stay with the same style across the upper story. I'm not a big fan of the octagon/round windows.
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No egress issues with this one. I'm trying to stay with the same style across the upper story. I'm not a big fan of the octagon/round windows.
I'd have suggested and octogon window as well but never mind.

Probably when you get the exterior veneer on, it will look just fine the way it is.
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ive never seen a widow with a smaller lower sash but they do make them with a smaller upper sash they call them cottage style the window manufacture will probably make you anything you want
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I would go with the regular sized top half and the smaller bottom half - keeping the top line consistent.

In the end, I think it is the little oddities or non-conformities in houses that make them homes.
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The top line symmetry is what I think will be key but then again, I'm flying by the seat of my pants in terms of design!
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are you installing shutters?
they might emphasize or conceal the difference
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Also, my thinking is that the middle window will be 52" vs. the others at 56"
So if I make the top equal, the bottom is only going to be 4" shorter than the other window bottom halves (20" vs. 24" of actual glass height). I have a feeling it wouldn't be that obvious (especially with the portico).
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No shutters. I'm using 5" Azek trim surrounds.
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very nice
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A 12 lite casement may work well, the grids may then be a little closer to the surroundings. Honestly, the house as shown with the smaller DH in the center doesn't bother me a bit because it is centered and above the door AND...
it gives an illusion of depth, like it is on a wall closer to the street.

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any chance of getting another picture without the workers butt in the way.I would like to see just how far the window cones down and how it matches up with the rest it a little hard to tell with him in the way Thanks

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