ADD FLARE WITH
By Mark Clement
Flaring the windows delivers
depth and mass, and the lack
of casing leaves more room
for ceiling trim.
Abenefit of working on old houses is that I get to see how they used to do it.
Sometimes that’s good, other
times the phrase “They don’t
build ‘em like they used to—
thank God!” comes to mind.
One good design trick in these
older homes is trimless windows.
In other words, instead of wood
casing, I flare and bullnose my
window returns using drywall and
cornerbead. Now, this isn’t some
cheap, money-saver disguised
as a fancy technique because
it takes some effort—and the
payoff is terrific!
Prepare for design mumbo-jumbo: Flaring the windows delivers depth and mass without making a window feel like a tunnel
through the wall. It also makes
modest rooms feel much bigger.
Another ROI (return on investment)
is that the top of the window terminates in a soffit with no casing.
That means there’s about 3-1/2
more inches between the top of
the window and the ceiling. These
extra inches allow room for larger,
more elaborate crown molding
above the windows. The end result
is a room that transforms from a
boring box to a stately room.
The first step is a window
worth trimming out in the first
place. As part of this room’s overhaul, I installed Simonton’s new
Driftwood replacement windows.
The color is pleasant and muted
on both the interior and exterior
and enables me to really play with
exciting wall colors. White would
work too, but the benefit here is
that I have a choice.
I might have had it easy in this
project because the room was