Clerestory windows, part 1

by brae  

When I lowered the ceiling height of The Artist's Studio, I had originally thought to fill in the lower portion of the original side windows.  After a dry fitting of the roof in place, however, I decided I liked the odd shaped windows.  A happy accident.  :]

Of course, there are no readymade windows in this particular shape, so I would have to improvise.  I had extra Houseworks 8-light windows, and they fit well in the existing hole.  These are the same windows I'll be using for the skylights.  I marked where the window should be cut, leaving a little give for proper fitting.

I used my scroll saw to cut along the lines and removed the interior pieces.  I was able to cut both clerestory windows from one 8-light window.

I tested the fit.  You can see the pieces of strip wood I cut to fill in the groove in the ceiling over the window opening.  This groove is what allows the roof board to attach to the walls.  They aren't glued yet, which is good since I need to adjust this one.  :D

The removed interior pieces left cutouts in the outer frame.  I used strip wood to make patches.

A little spackling added will give a smooth surface under the paint.

The acrylic sheet allows you to cut any shape or size window.  These particular windows don't come with acrylic inserts.  I'll leave the protective film on until I'm ready to install the windows.


I tested the fit again.

All good!  :]


Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]
LOVE this window! Very clever! :D
03/02/13 @ 04:30
Comment from: Audra [Visitor]
Nice! I even like the protective film - if it were a bathroom window.
03/02/13 @ 05:03
Comment from: Idske [Visitor]
That looks so right for the Studio. Thanks for showing how to make it! Did you cut the acrylic sheet by hand, if not how come it's so perfectly straight?
03/02/13 @ 06:15
Comment from: rosa [Visitor]
Una solución estupenda, queda genial, feliz fin de semana:)
03/02/13 @ 06:47
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
Yep, they look great!
03/02/13 @ 09:14
Comment from: Pilar [Visitor]
Las ventanas encajan perfectamente!!! me gusta mucho la manera en que lo has solucionado,quedan auténticas!!! Besos.
03/02/13 @ 10:03
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!!! :>> I marked the line on the film with a pen and then used a utility blade to cut a straight line for the window inserts. :yes:
03/02/13 @ 10:07
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
Fantastic work!
03/02/13 @ 15:28
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
Very imaginative. They will add more much needed light to the Studio.
03/05/13 @ 11:35
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! I do love a good happy accident! :))
03/07/13 @ 07:19

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