I have a large window that I'm thinking of replacing with a significantly smaller window. Would it be a good or bad idea if I use a "new construction" window? Or should I just use a remodel window?
If the new window is significantly smaller, you will need to build a new header and cripples and redo whatever your exterior is so yes, you will probably need a new construction.
This post was edited by Texas_Gem on Fri, Jul 11, 14 at 13:33
If the existing header is sufficient, there is no reason to install a new header. Just frame the new opening inside the existing one on 16 inch centers and put the new window in. I did my whole house like this. Building inspectors never batted an eye.
This depends on the age and history of your home. If you were my neighbor in a historic district, I'd make sure inspection never approved your fenestration alteration.