Faux Exterior Window

Old 05-30-06, 01:00 PM
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Faux Exterior Window

Does anyone know if there is such a thing as an exterior faux window. I've seen several interior faux windows (light boxes with posters designed to look like scenes through a window that will brighten up a room), but I'm looking for the exterior side of the window. I have recently built an addition to my home that will be my laundry room. I have place cabinets all around the room and from the inside it looks great and it is extremely functional. The problem is that now that it's constructed, it looks quite plain from the outside. I believe adding a window would solve this plain look but, with cabinets all around the room, there is no place for a traditional window. The idea I had was: what if I could purchase a faux exterior window. In other words, something I could hang on the outside that would look like a window, but does not actually allow you to see through to the inside. I was thinking something made of never rot material (vinyl). Has anyone ever heard of something like this or am I just crazy?

Thanks in advance for any ideas

Old 05-30-06, 05:50 PM
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Faux exterior windows

Yes there is such a thing as faux exterior windows - but perhaps not quite the way you were envisioning them. Commercial buildings often use faux windows that are used to provide exterior aesthetics, but are not transparent, so that whatever is behind the faux window is never seen. You could have a wall with cabinets behind them, or floor joists, or mechanical systems, etc. However, it IS a window, it's just one that has a panel in that is not transparent. You would still need to have a rough opening to install the window; it doesn't just hang on the siding or sheathing. If you google the terms "spandrel glass" or "spandral glass" you can read up on options and applications.

Another possibility - although it wouldn't look as realistic - would be to remove some of your siding and install some trim in the shape and dimensions of a window. I've never seen it done but it CAN be done.

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