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    Default Front Porch Side Windows

    Hello everyone. I am new here and the reason for my post is that 2 years ago me and my wife purchased a house that was owned by an 82-year-old woman who loved alone. It needed plenty of work (bathrooms, kitchen, roof, etc). We have been doing the work slowly.

    In Sept 2010 we had tile put on the enclosed porch floor and we painted the walls ourselves. A friend helped us change the front storm door. The original door was narrow and had wood covering either side. We opened up either side hoping to have some narrow storm windows installed. But I have had a tough time finding anyone who makes storm windows this narrow. I checked Lowes, Home Depot, and a window shop and they said no.

    My first choice is to install the white storm windows with screens because that is what is what I plan on replacing the old existing grey storm windows with eventually. But first I must find them.

    I am open to other ideas as well. I was thinking of just cutting out the remaining bottom portion and installing the side lights that can be found at Lowes. But this will involve more work, can't be opened, and more expensive. A friend was telling me I should just build a lip and have custom glass installed, but I think it might look tacky.

    Any ideas on any place ****** where I can custom order the screens or any alternative ideas?

    I tried to post images but the site is telling me I need 10 posts to be able to do that. So the pics will have to wait.... unless....

    Here is the link to the pics. I apologize for the innocent spam, but I was forced to have 10 posts before being able to post pics.

    https://plus.google.com/photos/11449...28707300872161
    Last edited by biggbrother; 04-19-2012 at 01:05 PM.

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    Biggbrother,

    I think I would opt for just having some glass cut to fit the openings. build a small frame with trim lumber to recieve the glass and then trim the inside. You certainly don't need the additional ventilation with window openings throughout the room.

    Were I thinking of replacing the windows, I would be looking at vinyl. Vinyl windows are relatively inexpensive, maintenance free, and can be custom made to almost any dimension and style, including the odd size of your side lights. Even though this room appears to be a 3 seasons room, I would still elect for insulated and Low-E glass. Low-E helps with heat gain and loss. Insulated glass also helps against outside noise. Insulated glass allows for the addition of decorative muntins between the the glass layers. I think muntins would look good on your style of home with its Dutch roof.

    Even if you elect to change the sidelights at some future time, the glass inserts will not have been an exorbitant temporary expense. I have always been amazed at how inexpensive glass can be. One caveate is that building codes might require safety glass in that sidelight location. Tempering of glass can be custom done by the glass company, but you have to have your dimensions exact, as it cannot be cut after it has been tempered.

    A few years ago I had a full length sidelight made up in insulated, tempered and obscure glass for less than $200.

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