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PJFred60
Window replacement question. Style vs. Style
PJFred60

This is more a style/redesign question than a how to question. We are in the process of having our windows replaced in our home. First off, we have 10 - 46" square windows in our home. We originally placed an order for double hung windows for all of them. However, we were told today, after placing this order about 4 weeks ago, that we can not have this size window in our bedrooms, which are all on the second floor of our home and that we have to have sliders because of code. If we don't replace those with sliders, because of code, we'd have to have a larger window, which would require a larger opening being created for each of the three bedrooms. The sliders can be grandfathered in because that's what's in there now. So, we can't have a style change without breaking building codes. We'd still love to have the double hung windows installed on our main floor, but seeing we are required to keep the style we have upstairs as the sliders, we'll just have to do what we have to do. My question is this: Style vs. style, how common is it for people to have two different styles of windows in their homes? Meaning double hungs on one floor and sliders on the other floor(s). I seriously do NOT want sliders throughout my entire home, but will agree that safety first when it comes to the bedrooms. I don't think it would look bad or strange, but that's just my opinion. Ideas? Opinions? Thank you!!

PJFred60:confused:

dj1
Re: Window replacement question. Style vs. Style
dj1

Having mixed styles windows in your house is OK. Having mix styles windows in one room may be a subject for a debate.

Code says that a bedroom window should be at least 10% of the room size, meaning a 10'x10' room should have a 10 square foot window or larger. 46 sf window in a bedroom may be overkill.

Code also says that in order to have really large windows around the house, the framing has to match. So technically you can install all double hung windows, if the building dept approves the required framing changes (gonna be too expensive).

Go on to houzz.com for style questions and answers.

Lynne
Re: Window replacement question. Style vs. Style
Lynne

Is it because of an egress requirement? Do sliders provide more area for easier exit than double-hung?

Mastercarpentry
Re: Window replacement question. Style vs. Style
Mastercarpentry

There's a height and width minimum given for egress windows, so that's likely the issue here. Whether the mixed window design will look good is a tough call to make. On a Craftsman-style home where there's usually a defined separation between floors, two different styles will look fine but on a Georgian they might not. What might help them 'meld' is to utilize a grid design on both which makes them look similar. The meeting rail on the sliders will be wider but this will minimize the differences between the two. Have you considered casement windows? That will solve the egress issue and may provide a style you can live with on both levels.

Re-framing for double-hungs that meet egress requirements might be feasible for DIY but will probably be a budget-breaker if you have to pay for someone else to do it. If you're still not certain how the two will look, have friends or family who have a good eye for style offer their opinions. If there's a fairly even split between yes and no, don't do it because it may not appeal to a future buyer; you're better off living with some inconvenience than affecting your home's sales value adversely.

Phil

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