Are some windows not made for window sills??????
kellerj
August 16, 2014 in Design Dilemma
My hubby says that we can't put window sills on any of the windows on our new construction . Are some windows not made for window sills?
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PPF.
Did hubby say why? I've never seen a window where you could not have a sill.
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kellerj
I happened to notice that the hardware for one of the casement windows is built in low on the window and there is no room for adding wood. Our other windows have the gap but the windows came with some extension jam that he says once it goes over the sill there won't be room? Should he not be putting these jams on? Could he just not know what he is doing?
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Fred S
Knowing the brands and model of the windows would help.
The sill replaces the extension jamb.
Or extend the jamb to make a sill or stool.
1 Like   August 16, 2014 at 12:58PM
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kellerj
Anderson windows 400 series. Some of the windows already have the jams built in them. Can I just not put the sills on? Do people do that in newer homes?
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PPF.
I think you want a stool and not a sill -- see the attached image for terms.

As Fred S said, the bottom jamb extension would be extended or replaced to form the stool.

Post a picture for a better response.
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Fred S
I assume you are wanting to go from the second picture to the first at the sill?
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kellerj
Yes, I want to go from the second picture to the first picture. Would it look odd to not have sills on all of my windows?
0 Likes   August 17, 2014 at 8:36AM
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PPF.
If you want them, you should have them.

Window trim details are usually tied to the style of the house. Contemporary homes often have no trim, while traditional homes do.
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soberg
Do you have a specific reason for wanting a sill?
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Patricia Colwell
I have no window sills on any of my windows on my main floor but have deep window sills with the windows in my lower level both are fine,
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kellerj
I thought sills looked nicer and thought they were standard in most homes. That's the only reason for wanting them. I still want to trim my windows but planned on using a plain board to trim my windows (no details). I was afraid that not having sills would make it look bland. The interior will have modern details to it.
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River Valley Cabinet Works
Not all windows need an extension jamb. If you are using a double-hung window where the jamb is the same as the wall thinkness, a sill or stool looks ridiculously small if kept in proper proportion or the overhang looks ridiculous if you have a stool made wide enough to put something on it. If you are using 2 x 6 walls, you should have at least a 2" jamb extension.
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