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Hi, I'm Dave Osborne. With over 50 years experience as a journeyman carpenter, foreman and contractor in heavy construction I enjoyed working with apprentices and sharing the tricks of the trade that others shared with me. Now I get emails from Members all over the world and we include many of my answers in our Free Monthly Newsletters. Some of my answers include drawings and instructions specific to a project, but may also answer your questions. I use correct construction terminology, so you can confidently inform your building supply dealers or contractors exactly what you need.

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Window Trim

Question

Lots of people "trim out" their windows different than others. What's your preferred way of installing inside window trim?

Answer

If installing a window stool instead of the picture frame casing, this is the way I do it. Install the stool first, have it extend beyond the vertical casing at least 1". Install the upper casing as normal. Install the apron, under the sill, with the ends of the apron directly under the outside edge of the casing.

Here is a drawing:

I have drywall return in my own home and did the window stoop and apron like this:

I have round circle head windows in the living room, family room, and foyer and kept that theme with my door casing, as shown here:

Dave

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