If necessary, clean up masonry
openings with a small chipping
40 minus 11-1/2 inches. This
leaves 28-1/2 inches for actual
For a smaller opening, terminating my casing right into the
cabinets is the best play, leaving
no room for paint.
While this approach may
seem persnickety, it’s the best.
Windows with trim that’s too
skinny or too wide simply don’t
look right. Trim always tells the
story of the carpenter who built
the project, so gloss over this at
your own peril.
And, I don’t order the window
the actual size of the opening—
I leave 1/4 inch all the way
around the window, so now I
know I need a window 28 inches
wide. Confused yet?
I then repeat the same
process to determine height.
When I shrink a window opening I want to maximize the remaining space. I also want an easily
operable window so a casement
unit is the go-to style. It cranks
out so you can operate it without climbing on the counter, and
you can get a lot of fresh air in
or kitchen odors out (or plumes
of smoke, if I’m cooking). Also,
there are new regional Energy
Star guidelines, so check on that
LAYING OUT THE SLEEVE
Once I take delivery of the
window I start building. First,
I double-check that the window
is the right size. I’ve never had
a problem with my supplier,