Installing a New Window in an Old Wall

Category: Restore & Repair

At one time, there were windows in this wall on either side of the fireplace. There was an exterior sill. And an apron. And a drip cap. I sound like I know what I'm talking about, don't I? Well, I do not. I had to look those things up.

In other words, they looked something like this, I imagine.

When a previous owner took out the original stained glass windows and eradicated the sills and exterior trim, they left a less than ideal situation for replacing the window. Sure the head jamb was still there. (I looked that up, too.) And the studs that framed the opening within the wall. But, that is all we have.


Frustrated, I left to go get coffee. While I was gone? T.K. made this.


Um, hello! He's brilliant! This will now provide the NEW rough opening for a window with the trim needed to match the other windows. A liberal use of caulk between the casing and the stucco and we're in business.

Did I think of it? No. Did I help to cut it out or assemble it? No. Did I help to install it? No.


I made coffee.

It was pretty good coffee but I think that I am officially over my head here, people. Maybe I'll be worthy enough to hand him the caulking gun when we close the gap between the new trim frame and the stucco.


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that looks fantastic! way to go, tk!

Looking good! I have those windows on either side of my fireplace and they're one of my favorite parts of the house. You're going to love having them!

Oooh! That looks fantastic! Can't wait to see the finished project!

Our previous owners ripped out our fireplace windows and replaced them with plate glass - not even actual windows - just plate glass - held in place by tension and caulk it seems! I'm dying to replace them with stained glass windows some one of these days (or some one of these years - years may be more accurate.)

Look at all of your pretty snow! Most of our friends and relatives in Illinois think I'm insane when I say this, but I really miss those Chicago winters sometimes. (Julio and I went to college at I.I.T.) We rarely get snow in Portland, and when we do, it rarely sticks. I miss the snow. :-(

I think EVERYONE who owns a bungalow should have a TK!

I Love It!! Amazing how the simplest things have the BIGGEST impact!


TK is awesome! I can't imagine why anyone would want to remove stained glass windows. They are a thing of beauty.

Hey, I noticed your knee bracket on the eave seems filled in? Is it just covered up. Someone put screen over ours to keep pigeons out. We removed it and installed NIX-O-LITE when we re painted, looks much better. Windows will look great - we have a 1914 bungalow in Montgomery, Al - keep up the good work, Brandon

Not trying to snipe...But you will want to make a 1/2" to 3/4" horizontal cut into the stucco just above the head jam/drip cap. Caulking will fail within 5-10 years and water will seap in behind all that nice work. That groove will allow you to insert copper flashing on top of the wooden drip cap.

Great blog! I am in the midst of a 10 year un-remuddling of our 1912 Craftsman in St. Paul. Projects too numerous to mention and too long to finish in my lifetime.

p.s. Loved the writeup on Iowa City. I am a Hawkeye and couldn't agree with you more about what a lovely town it is!


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