We have discussed framing in windows on our other page here, but I thought I would do a quick post on framing a series of windows. While very similar to framing in a large opening, using one large continuous header allows
the windows to be placed closer to each, and more evenly distribute the weight across the windows. Jack studs are used on each side of the window under the header and king studs are only needed on each side of the large header.
The advantage to this type of framing is it saves on materials since you don’t need all those long studs. But, the real advantage is being able to install several windows in a series to achieve a look and not have to space them out too far apart on the wall space. All of which can be important when building a new home. The result can be several windows in a series placed close together with a continuous header making for an easier build.
A great option for windows in a new installation are double pane windows. They are insulated by the cushion of air between the two panes of glass. This cushion keeps heat in during the winter and cool air inside during the summer months. Installing double or triple pane windows will mean a big difference in your energy bills, and keeps you feeling comfortable. Double pane windows also do a great job of reducing noise outside since there are 2 layers of glass for sound to travel through.