Modifying a garage to turn it into bedrooms, I will be hanging a drop ceiling to cover up pipes, wires, etc., overhead. An existing pair of windows (pictured) goes almost all the way to the current ceiling, with only about 2" of trim above the rough opening. Due to a water pipe about 7" below the ceiling, my drop ceiling would overlap the window's opening by about that much. (I haven't done a drop ceiling before and I'm not sure what the thickness of that hardware is.)
Certainly one option is to replace the windows, buy shorter windows, and wall in the top part of the rough opening to make a smaller opening that will fit below the drop ceiling.
My question, though, is: can I continue to use the existing pair of windows, even if they are partially overlapped by the drop ceiling?
- If so, are there problems I should expect and special measures I should take?
- If not, why not?
Clarification: the window on the left, and the dog door, are going to go no matter what. I'm envisioning buying another window for the left side to match the one at right, if this is reasonable.