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new build-What size 2nd story windows are you using? Sill heights?

4 years ago

I'm building a new house and I don't like the 2nd story window sizes and sill heights my builder is recommending. He says for double hung windows, the minimum allowable size is 3052 for emergency egress. How do folks get these to work with 8' ceilings? If we use a 6'8" header height that puts the sill at 1'6". I'm more concerned my kids will fall out (or through) the window on a typical day, than I am concerned about a fire. I don't mean to sound like I'm not concerned about emergency egress, I just think a 1'6" sill height on 2-story high window (3-stories on back of house) is too low! What type/size window are you using on your 2nd story? Are you switching to casement windows? Would it look weird if I put double, hung windows on the 1st floor and casement windows on the 2nd floor?

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