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turnkey
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Replacing current windows with smaller windows

#1 Post by turnkey » Tue Apr 14, 2020 1:44 am

Hello!

My fiance' and I are remodeling a 115 year old craftsman house, and the windows definitely need replaced. They have been caulked over and some of the weights have already broken.

I know that you can install a replacement window that is slightly smaller, and that it is common practice for them to have 1/4" or more extra space on top and sides when doing so.

My dilemma is this - instead of ordering custom windows, is it possible to install say a 29" x 45" replacement into a 32" x 50-1/2" opening by just replacing the inside stops with thicker pieces to accommodate the extra space? As opposed to reframing a smaller opening altogether?

We have about 15 windows to replace and the sizing is similar throughout. Not opposed to reframing a smaller opening, but not sure if that would even be the best way to make up for small sizing differences?

Thank you,

-Stefan
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Re: Replacing current windows with smaller windows

#2 Post by Windows on Washington » Tue Apr 14, 2020 6:20 am

Theoretically, yes. But, why?

You can order a custom sized replacement from your local lumber yard and there is little to no charge for the size increments in this case. Anything you get off a big box shelf is going to be a bottom tier product. Make sure that you get a proper replacement in this case and one that will live a good and happy life.

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Re: Replacing current windows with smaller windows

#3 Post by Delaware Mike » Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:40 pm

I would not advise that unless you want to make the house devalued and a complete abomination.

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Re: Replacing current windows with smaller windows

#4 Post by turnkey » Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:27 am

Yeah, didn't think this would be a great idea. Getting custom fit windows. Thank you -

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Re: Replacing current windows with smaller windows

#5 Post by TheWindowNerd » Thu Apr 16, 2020 5:06 am

DE Mike you are so gentle. :D

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