Finishing around basement windows

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Old 01-24-05, 06:53 AM
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Finishing around basement windows

Good morning all.
I have a ranch style with a poured wall basement. The windows in the basement are the standard Andersen utility awning style that are very commonly used.

I am finishing a room to be used as an office in an area where one of these windows exists.

I framed the walls. (full 2x4)
Insulated with fiberglass insulation.
applied vapor barrier.
drywalled.

As I get to the point of finishing around this window I'm not sure what to do. Since I live in a northern climate, there will at times be some condensation that will build up on the inside of the window.

Do I totally seal the sill with caulk and let any moisture puddle there? Should I leave a small gap to allow any moisture seep down between the framing and foundation?

Thank you all in advance for any and all help.
Dan M.
 
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Old 01-24-05, 07:49 AM
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don't leave a gap

Go with plan A. I doubt you'll get any "puddling", but even if you do get some condensation there, it'll have a better chance of drying out than it would behind the wall.

BTW, how are you finishing the window, drywall or wood?
 
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Old 01-24-05, 07:59 AM
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Well I'm still a bit undecided on the finished material. I'm leaning toward wood though.

My thought with wood is to paint it with a good enamel for durability.

What are your thoughts about slightly "tilting" the sill in toward the room?

Thanks for your help.

Dan
 
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Old 01-24-05, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by olifer

What are your thoughts about slightly "tilting" the sill in toward the room?


Dan

Great idea, if you don't mind that look. I finished my basement window trim/sill with 3 layers of polyurethane (back side too) for the natural wood feel. Holds up just fine.
 
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Old 01-24-05, 08:39 AM
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To allow the moisture to "run off". Keep in mind, these are uninsulated windows so there will be condensation.

Of course I know the down side is that it will probably stain the drywall.
 
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