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We're in the foundation stage of our new construction. The plan was initially to build the room without wondows. However, because I was restricted in room size, I want the room future-proofed in the event that I build a seperate detached theater room on our property. I decided to opt for a pair of 4x6 windows in the 15x15 room. Light is not much of a concern as I can add light blocking shades, curtains, and throw in an acoustic panel behind curtain. However, I am concerned about the neighbors hearing sound from the windows. The rest of the room will be simple GG with DD. The closest part of the neighbors home (rooms on two stories) is approximately 150 - 175 ft from the room/windows. Should I be concerned?

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If you're future proofing, I'd recommend blocking out a window opening in the foundation wall. But don't bother installing a window. Just run your exterior finish over the outside and drywall the inside. Document where the rough opening is so some future owner knows where to start whacking with the wrecking axe.

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+1. And depending on the location and exterior finish, you might have them just fill the window spaces with shutters or a slate tile. Would make it obvious where the windows could be, and wouldn't require messing up the exterior later... And it may look better - I put some small slate niches on the front-facing wall of my theater to avoid a blank chunk of stucco (BCoS, as it's been officially termed, now)

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Great ideas. They're framing today so I'll run it by the foreman. I like the idea of niches for ease of conversion. The exterior is stucco so though its not as difficult as brick, I'd rather have the ability for an easy transition to windows. The slate idea is great. We have limestone accents and entry so they can probably tile it in stone.
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You could put the windows in for external appearances. Mount a blind in the closed position then build your walls in front of the window totally blocking it out. You can do your framing for a normal window so that if you want to cut open the wall at a future point and re-purpose the room it will be easier to do. This is about the same as many of us who just cover up windows in our projects. Once the widow is framed out you can add some more cross pieces to support the drywall.
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You could put the windows in for external appearances. Mount a blind in the closed position then build your walls in front of the window totally blocking it out. You can do your framing for a normal window so that if you want to cut open the wall at a future point and re-purpose the room it will be easier to do. This is about the same as many of us who just cover up windows in our projects. Once the widow is framed out you can add some more cross pieces to support the drywall.

THIS. Put in the window, and pretty much fill it in. eek.gif
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Ok now I'm undecided.

+'s for windows in:
no need to do it at additional cost later
can convert to a less dedicated theater room
no need to store windows


+'s for framing & niches
better for dedicated space
better energy efficiency (I'm in TX and these windows face South)



If I were to install the windows and design a thick plug (OC703 & fabric with backing board) or sheetrocked interior would I risk a build up of condensation between the glass and plug?
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I'd also vote to omit the windows at this time

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Do windows create a major or minor problem for flanking noise? If keeping a window in a room, will it negate other soundproofing efforts such as clips, DD and GG?
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Definately complicates things. Less variables = good

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Ok now I'm undecided.
+'s for windows in:
no need to do it at additional cost later
can convert to a less dedicated theater room
no need to store windows

Why would you "store" windows in the framing case? Make the niches a standard window size - no reason to pay for and store them when you can buy them in the future (if that ever happens).

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Why would you "store" windows in the framing case? Make the niches a standard window size - no reason to pay for and store them when you can buy them in the future (if that ever happens).

The windows are customed ordered from Germany (mahogany PVC). The distributer had the two windows in stock as they were ordered for another customer and ended up cancelled and offered them to me at cost. My initial design was without windows in the room.
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I think I would store the windows in the attic. Maybe I'm alone in that.
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You should get boneyard windows at about half of the distributors cost. I know, I have sold many boneyard windows over the years.

I'd get a really good deal and store them too. Cut a piece of OSB the exact size of the window for both inside and out and then wrap the hell out of them with stretch wrap.

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