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Opinions? Window casing flush w/ jamb or a reveal?

Posted by la_koala (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 27, 11 at 19:27

Hi all,

We're renovating the kitchen in our 1890 Queen Anne. In the reno, we're replacing a single double-hung window with a mulled two-unit double-hungs--to maximize the view on that side.

My question is about the "reveal" point where the side casing comes over the new side jamb (where there's a part of the jamb showing past the casing edge). Is there a rule of thumb about this distance?

I mean, we'll be using Marvin Ultimate Double Hungs, which don't have the stops that the current window has. With the current window, it seems like the casing covers the side jamb to be flush with the jamb, and then the stop is another 1/4 inch, and that covers part of the sash.

With the new window, from the Marvin drawings, it looks like the sash is flush with the jamb. If I make the casing also flush with the jamb edge, will that look weird?

The architect has specified a 1/4 inch reveal, where the jamb shows by 1/4 inch. But I'm wondering if that will look weird also, because it really doesn't look the same as the old stop.

There are no other windows in the same room to have to match. The casing will be about 4 inch wide, if that matters.

It's these little details that tend to drive me bonkers! And the architect cannot articulate why he recommends what he does. GardenWeb, you're my only hope!


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RE: Opinions? Window casing flush w/ jamb or a reveal?

My original double hung windows have about a 3/16 reveal. I don't think you want it flush. Some sort of reveal will look better but without the stop molding, it's not going to look the same anyway so do what you think looks best.

Diane


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RE: Opinions? Window casing flush w/ jamb or a reveal?

IMO 1/4" is too broad; On modern work I use 3/16" and on my own old house it was 1/8", and some instances, zero, where the bead stop came right up to the casing, making it an extension of it. Some of my window frames are much deeper, and those have the 1/8" reveal, along with all the door casing.
If you're caulking the joint for paint, 3/16" is great, 1/8" sort of shy.
Casey


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RE: Opinions? Window casing flush w/ jamb or a reveal?

Hey, thanks Diane for weighing in that it will look better with some sort of reveal than having it flush. I don't have much of an instinct for the aesthetics--other than I know what I like when I actually see it! So I really appreciate it when someone can speak to that.

Thanks Casey for posting about your experience with the different widths. Oh, and that's a great point about caulking! I never would have thought ahead like that. I've caulked the cracks in my dining room, and I can see why you say 1/8" would be shy.

Thanks again!


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