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Faux Exterior Windows

RdWing's picture

I am building a workshop in a semi residential area.  For security reasons, I am minimizing the number and placement of windows.  To avoid a slab sided appearance, I would like to build a set of false windows to bracket the front door.  These would not penetrate the wall itself but rather sit outside the exterior sheathing.  I have seen windows like this framed up to look like windows with the shutters closed.  Have any of you built one that either has no shutters or with the shutter open?  How did you do it?

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In the photo below, both the door and the transom window are faux.   There is insulation, framing and a finished wall on the interior. 


I tacked roll roofing, underside facing out, behind the transom window; it has a nice flat black texture (and I had a piece on hand).


The door is not set in as deeply as a true door would be, but that's not an issue with a faux window.


There was a discussion here on BT perhaps a year ago when other similar solutions were shown.  There were a couple attic windows, for instance, but I don't recall the details.



Allen

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A commercial development near here has some faux windows. They appear to be relatively standard windows set in front of a black background. Clearly, some consideration of the heat generated is required, but I've not gotten close enough to them to see what was done.


So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable Creature, since it enables one to find or make a Reason for everything one has a mind to do. --Benjamin Franklin


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

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"Clearly, some consideration of the heat generated is required ..."


That's an excellent point.


Allen

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Thanks to all.  I was looking for construction techniques.  Normal framed windows are too thick to look right mounted on the surface.  I have considered using storm windows because they are thinner and I could easily surface mount them.  I guess I could build my own.  Just looking for a relatively simple fix.

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Get barn/cold frame sashes (if they still make them). Thinner than regular sashes, and no unnecessary double glazing, etc.


So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable Creature, since it enables one to find or make a Reason for everything one has a mind to do. --Benjamin Franklin


Edited 5/31/2007 10:09 am by DanH


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

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There's a new Walgreens near hear, must have been strict historic district covenents because there's a bunch of windows and nearly all are fake.  They look like Medex or MDO panels painted black, with painted grilles, trimmed out around the edges with 1x stock (drip cap on top), probably planted directly on the sheathing.

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Use black plexiglass for the glazing.


 


Jeff