Interior Windows

Old 03-21-08, 05:40 PM
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Interior Windows

I am looking for some suggestions on what to do with two interior windows. Our house had a deck which was converted into a laundry room at some point in time. Well their are windows on what was an exterior wall that is now interior. I am not really all that pleased with the look of these windows, however I do not want to block of all light that comes through them as the room on the other side would become an extremely dark room. A friend mentioned combining the two openings into one and doing some sort of stained glass, however my wife does not seem to like the idea of stained glass. Any ideas...?

Old 03-21-08, 05:57 PM
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Don't like the windows but still want the light? Why not tear out the windows and make a pass-through opening out of it, with a 12" wide countertop or something in place of the window sill. You could even cut out the cripple studs below the windows and put in some 12" deep base cabinets there and put a counter on them for folding clothes or something. Provided there are no studs between the two windows there would be no problem removing the windows entirely and doing that. (unless there is electrical inside the wall below the windows.)

Another idea would be some sort of custom wall cabinet with glass doors on both sides.
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I like the idea of creating a single opening as suggested by your friend. I also agree with your wife.

Assuming you need the wall space in the laundry room or the opposite side, you might consider either a single glaze "picture window" or even just frame the opening and
use plantation shutters (bifold) to close the opening from time to time. My last suggestion is a compromise between your friend and your wife, but probably costly. You could have a piece of glass made with art deco glass around the outside edge and clear glass in the field. There are literally hundreds of patterns, textures, and colors(ugh this is probably what your wife is opposed to) and with the border "sized" to an appropriate scale, the window could be quite beautiful and functional.

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