Container conversion: Part 2

This a windows and door post…no pun intended.

There are certain design aesthetics at play here, or so I’m told. While I knew it would be trouble, the resident artist wanted a wide bank of louvred windows north and south in the container studio…and French doors – double and facing north and south. The window space chalked out on the outside of the container prior to ordering, turned out to be three panels of aluminium louvres for each side, which I had a gut feeling would be tricky to install.

Initially, the problem was probably a lack of experience, but the other main problem was the louvres are 110mm thick and the walls 120mm. Generally the reveals (the timber around the outside of the interior side of window) make up the difference between the wall thickness and window thickness, with 10mm to spare. So, I thought it would work.
When the windows arrived I discovered that the outside dimensions of the window did not include the reveal and the section of the window frame it attaches to. A beginners mistake! But now the window looked like it was going to protrude into the room because the louvre frame was stopping it from sitting further out in the opening. Aagh. It was only 10 mm – but just enough that I thought the internal window frame and architrave would look bulky.
After some swearing and head scratching, the solution, I’m hoping I’ve worked out, should be simple. I fixed the louvre to the external window opening frame so I can do away with the reveal and architrave and  use the frame of the louvre to slide the plasterboard behind to get a neat finish. Generally, you’d attach the windows to the internal frame, but given the container wall is probably stronger anyway, they’ve been screwed into the steel frame.
The other issue with the louvres is weatherproofing. I put some silastic around the louvre frame as a secondary barrier, but I’ll also put some aluminium angle and silastic on the external frame to stop water penetration. We wouldn’t want a damp resident artist, now would we?
Now I’m just waiting on said artist to stain the two sets of double French doors in Black Japan – another design aesthetic, so I’m told. It’s a fiddly process making them weather-proof too as Black Japan stain is generally used indoors and requires sealing before staining, and then a weatherproof coat to finish. In the meantime, one of the biggest challenges is finding time between the paid work to get back to the conversion job.



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