Picture Window Advise

venky13February 23, 2012


I am looking for a picture window in my family room that overlooks woods in my backyard. Currently there are 2 double hung peachtree windows (3 feet wide by 5.4 ft height) with 8.5 feet of wall between them. I am planning to have the picture window in that space.

I would like to know of any reputed companies that make picture windows (for residential purpose) between 7-8 feet wide and 5.4 feet high. Home depot has a 7 feet wide Anderson window but they don't have grids between the panes and my windows have the grid inserts. Or is it too wide and should I get two 4 feet picture windows instead. I do want to keep the existing double hung windows to save cost on material and labor. I am not interested in a bay or bow window.

Please advise.


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BTW, I live in Connecticut, hence low E argon is a must

    Bookmark   February 23, 2012 at 1:27PM
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I believe Marvin makes a window that will suit your needs.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2012 at 2:40PM
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Not that you asked, but I assume you'll be adding a sufficient beam above the new (large) window opening to support your house structure? Can't tell from your post if you are DIY or not. Rule of thumb on an 8 foot span is 4X8, ie, 2 2X8's attached together as the header supporting the structure above the new window. However, if your family room is on the first of two or more floors, you may need a stronger beam, and may want to use a laminate (engineered LVL) beam. The safest thing to do is call a structural engineer or architect.

Even if you hire someone to do the whole job I would ask them some questions to make sure they aren't just winging it on the beam support.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2012 at 2:47PM
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Thanks for the advise.
My house is a colonial but there is no floor directly above the family room since it has a vaulted ceiling with a slant starting at 8 feet on the window side to 16 feet on the other end.
I am hiring a professional to do the job. He mentioned adding a beam above the window but not LVL beam. I will ask him to put the LVL beam instead.


    Bookmark   February 23, 2012 at 3:51PM
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Go with the LVL.

Why put grids in that window? I feel like it somewhat defeats the purpose of the view.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2012 at 7:37PM
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Since the existing double hung windows have grids, I decided to get the grids.

BTW, I found out today that Two 4 feet picture windows (64 inches high) can be glues/molded into a single 8 feet window. I priced it out at home depot, Anderson renewal, for $1350 (including the low E argon, grids, wood trim etc).

    Bookmark   February 23, 2012 at 8:08PM
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Home Depot doesn't sell Renewal by Andersen. You likely looked at the 400 series.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2012 at 8:30PM
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RBA is dealer specific and the 400 series is a better window anyway.

FYI, it is not uncommon to see double hung flankers with grids and the center picture without.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2012 at 8:37AM
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I am not familiar with Peachtree (Know the name but haven't seen one in years)but to put an Andersen 400 Series picture window (with grids) between two Peachtree double hungs (with grids) is probably going to look terrible (my calculations based on your post is that they are 3-4" away on each side). Do further research and get the architectural details of both products to see how they match up both to the interior and exterior. It may work but it would be my recommendation to either put a Peachtree double hung picture window in the middle or replace the double hungs with Andersen or all three with some other brand.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2012 at 10:31AM
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I appreciate the feedback. I am leaning towards getting the center window w/o grids.

The existing double hungs have 3 inch trims on either side. I wanted to save cost by keeping the existing windows and only putting the center window. After reading your comment, I have decided to get pricing for the additional double hungs. I can use the existing windows in my walk out basement.

Has anyone heard of Harvey Windows, they are mostly in the north east US.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2012 at 12:49PM
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Windows on Washington Ltd

Decent local manufacturer out of Mass.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2012 at 1:42PM
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