Recessed window trim?


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Old 05-17-10, 12:08 PM
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Recessed window trim?

First of all, I apologize for the double post here; I posted this in the panel & trim forum, but this one appears to be much more active and (hopefully!) a little better suited. I'll take a rap on the knuckles if I need to, though.

Anyway, I have a house that was built in 2006, and recently I've been considering adding some trim around my windows. I have the (relatively) thin aluminum/vinyl windows, so they're all recessed into the wall by about 3" or so and have no trim around them at all.

Do people normally put trim around these, even if it's just a sill that extends a bit beyond the wall? Can anyone provide a link to some pictures of windows like this with various amounts of trim?

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I've seen it...and in some cases it looks ok when painted. Most of the ones I saw were either a marble stool (sill) or they just picture framed the opening and left the painted drywall/plaster as the stool.

Saw a couple with stained wood...just didn't look good...didn't fit the style of the homes...
 
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This catalog w/ pictures may help you narrow down choices. The material is PVC. If you want something other than PVC, then do a search for the name of what your looking for and the type material you want.

Mid-America Siding Components

Some people just use trim board, and simply frame out the window or cut their own design.

Do people normally put trim around these, even if it's just a sill that extends a bit beyond the wall? Can anyone provide a link to some pictures of windows like this with various amounts of trim?

Yes. As installed when home was built, mine protrude about 1” from the wall. They were made from cedar. Someday, I would like to do something more decorative such as colored King Starboard (a/k/a polymer sheet, marine board) King StarBoard ST or tile.

Get ideas from similar style homes when driving around.

Before trimming out, make sure you don’t plan to do something else to your windows such as hurricane shutters as it can mess up your work.
 
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Rob...I think he is talking about the interior? I've never seen a window recessed 3" towards the interior. Many folks say "sill"...when they really mean stool...
 
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Originally Posted by Gunguy45
Rob...I think he is talking about the interior? I've never seen a window recessed 3" towards the interior. Many folks say "sill"...when they really mean stool...
Yes, sorry about that. I'm referring to the interior, so evidently the term I meant was "stool".
 
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Hello Gunguy,

Rob...I think he is talking about the interior? I've never seen a window recessed 3" towards the interior. Many folks say "sill"...when they really mean stool...
You may be right. Perhaps the original poster will return to clarify if he is talking about interior or exterior window trim . I took him to mean “sill” .

My windows are recessed 3¾" towards the interior. This is fairly common where I reside. Being in S. FL, hurricane brackets are mounted to the external recessed frame. Another factor may relate to my cinder block w/ vinyl siding construction. If you would like to see one, let me know and I’ll post a photo tomorrow.

Another construction method that differs from some other parts of country are doors. They often open outward if the contractor or buyer have encountered hurricanes. If the doors open inward, good chance they were not constructed by a native Floridian. When opening inward, strong hurricane winds have a better chance of blowing them open.

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Hello AdamsGuitar,

Sorry, I was multi-tasking and got interrupted. Had not seen you had posted while preparing my post .

Gunguy . . . correction, you were right!
 
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Originally Posted by Gunguy45
I've seen it...and in some cases it looks ok when painted. Most of the ones I saw were either a marble stool (sill) or they just picture framed the opening and left the painted drywall/plaster as the stool.

Saw a couple with stained wood...just didn't look good...didn't fit the style of the homes...
After looking at a few photos, I think what I'd like to do is simply install a painted stool and apron. The directions I've seen online seem to indicate that I should remove the drywall that's the current "stool" (such as it is), but all of my windows appear to be surrounded by painted aluminum (or some other thin, flexible metal) not drywall. If I press on it it will bow inward slightly, so I'm pretty confident that it's metal. Should I try to remove this at the bottom where the stool goes, or should I just install the stool on top of it?

Also, from what I've seen the stool should project 1" from the edge of the wall and 1/2" on each side of the window; is this right?
 
 

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