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I think this probably has more to do with regional building habits than any systematic optimal decision. I agree, what you call "tilt and turn" windows seem to be more common in Europe. In the US (and elsewhere?) a similar style is a "casement" window, although it's not as functional (doesn't open as far and doesn't offer multiple ways of opening). I have ...


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The sanest thing is to order new construction flanged windows that are a bit smaller than the rough opening. Then you integrate the flange with the WRB that you're installing over the new sheathing (right?) and bob's your uncle. On the inside, you can cover up the lack of square-ness with new drywall or wood window boxes, shimmed to be square with the ...


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Window standard depth is 4 9/16". The rule with windows and doors is that you block them out to fit the window/door not the other way around. (Every time I see somebody trying to shave a door I chuckle.) What you did before is correct. The skill is learning how to trim the window as efficiently and securely as possible.


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If you're building custom frames, take a scrap piece of the frame, cut it to the inside width of your frame, use it as a temporary support... like a cross bar... if you do not have extra material, or you're re-screening old frames, maybe a thin piece of wood will work for your temporary cross bar? Also, I like to use a T-square, it helps keep the frame ...


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That's just how it goes. They'd have to re-frame it at this point, with that specifically in mind (and still there'd have to be a piece of trim covering some of the window, to hold it in place). The window sill/opening could be bigger, but the view 'size' won't change. In a masonry wall, the framing didn't allow for it (carpenter's fault). In a stud ...


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I have a bit of a botched solution for this that I use in one of our bedrooms. The curtain has a blackout lining but sits about 8cm away from the wall. Light bounces off the lining, onto the wall and into the room. I made a strip of black plastic by taping together pieces, the strip is about 5 metres long. I drape the strip over the curtain rail brackets ...



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