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05-07-14, 05:52 PM   #1  
Need help with finishing egress window

I am working on completely finishing my basement. When I purchased the house, the basement was partially finished (drywall walls up). There was already an egress window and drywall around it. Please see picture below. I am confused on how to finish/ trim this window. There are small gaps all around the window. So it is not butting up against the drywall. Also, there is a large amount of drywall wall above the window, which I haven't seen too often.

I am looking for some direction on what I need to do to fill the gaps between the wall and window and how best to make it look finished.

Thanks in advance.

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05-07-14, 08:54 PM   #2  
Can't see or open any of your links but i would guess you need to caulk the gap then cover it with base shoe, lattice, or some other appropriate sized trim.

 
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05-08-14, 03:10 AM   #3  
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Hopefully the photos show this time.

The gaps are not even and the biggest gap is on the right side measuring 1/2" at the top and about 3/8" at the bottom (not plumb at all).

The top and left are 1/4" - 3/8".

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05-08-14, 04:08 AM   #4  
I'd cut and install casing or whatever wood trim works to fit, then caulk the cracks/joints. I like to cover the window seat with plywood and paint it to match the rest of the wood work. Even if the drywall seat is left as is, I like to coat it with enamel paint as that will help it look nice longer.


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05-08-14, 05:26 AM   #5  
Thanks for the suggestion and quick reply.

Sorry the pictures don't look as good as what they did on my phone. I will turn the work light on tonight and get one more picture so it is easier to see.

It is strange to me that the cut-out for the window is taller than the window and there is so much drywall above it, I just wasn't sure how it would look with casing around the sides and top. I also didn't know what trim would fit the 1/4"-1/2" space. Is it common to see the cut-out that much larger than the window? (I'm just DIYer and haven't seen many in person, but the image searching I have done online, haven't turned up any.)

The window seat actually has a 1/2" marble top installed. It is not permanently attached yet though as I can slide it out if I need to.

I guess I will start looking to see what is available for thin wood trim.

 
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05-08-14, 08:00 AM   #6  
Marble is a lot better than enamel painted wood

As long as the structure is solid, there really isn't any right/wrong way to frame out the aesthetics of the design. While that isn't the norm, I've painted similar - I suppose it boils down to what the customer or diyer wants.

Enameling the woodwork a contrasting color highlights the trim, using an enamel the same color as the walls will make it blend in more.


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05-08-14, 05:54 PM   #7  
Thanks MarkSr. I think I will look for some shoe moulding or quarter round trim and check to see how it looks.

Thanks again.

 
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