Trimming the Conservatory Windows

Along with painting the front door, Saturday was a productive day in that much of the interior trimming was finished.

None of the windows have been trimmed in this shot of the conservatory French doors sentineled by windows.
None of the windows have been trimmed in this shot of the conservatory French doors sentineled by windows.

We had been waiting for sills and casings on the windows and French doors.

Two experienced men can get a lot of work done in a day.
Two experienced men can get a lot of work done in a day.

Our carpenter friend brought a friend and the two of them knocked it out.

The untrimmed look.
The untrimmed look.

Even though I didn’t help I’ll try to enumerate the steps for the window trim. It’s harder than it looks.

Raw 2 by 4 set in the space under the window.
Raw 2 by 4 set in the space under the window.

First a 2 by 4 is set under the window to support the sill.

The sill is set onto the 2 by 4 and shimmed to level it. The shim is trimmed with a cutoff saw.
The sill is set onto the 2 by 4 and shimmed to level it. The shim is trimmed with a cutoff saw.

The sill boards were both ripped and crosscut to fit the windows. The sill, which in this case was created from preformed sill stock, was installed.

After the sill, the top is trimmed.
After the sill, the top is trimmed.

Then the top casing was nailed to the wall. We’re using “ranch” casing because that’s what was in the rest of the house before the renovation began.

The corners are mitered at the top.
The corners are mitered at the top.

Then the sides are added with mitered cuts at each top corner and a straight cut where the trim meets the sill.

The sill must be cut long enough to over hang the casing. The bottom piece has a special shape.
The sill must be cut long enough to over hang the casing. The bottom piece has a special shape.

Finally an apron is added under the sill to finish.

The window on the left is finished except for the mullion strip between the pair.
The window on the left is finished except for the mullion strip between the pair.

The casings still need to be caulked and puttied and painted.

Wow. Right?
Wow. Right?

We’ll get there.

Do you take your window trim for granted?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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