Custom Gable Awning Windows

I grew up in a house that my Dad designed and built almost entirely by himself. One of the features I remembered as a child were the many ratcheting awning windows that he built by hand and used throughout the house. I really wanted to incorporate a similar design into my tiny house. However, my awning windows posed unique challenges due to its smaller size, tighter operating spaces and leaving room in the window frame for the future addition of stained glass art.

We started with the outer window frames since we had those starting dimensions. Constructed from marine-grade plywood and covered with cypress, these little windows are built to last.

Gable window outer frame construction

Gable window outer frame construction

Then we followed up with the inner window frame (which will hold the stained glass and protective Plexiglas layer) and screen frame.

Inner window frame

Inner window frame

Chiseling out the corners of the inner window frame

Chiseling out the corners of the inner window frame

Bug screen frame construction

Bug screen frame construction

Gable window

Gable windows

By far the most technical portion of these windows are the custom ratcheting gears that allow the window to be opened at different angles, shut completely and locked. In the original designs my Dad created incorporated a horizontal wooden bar, used as a handle, connecting the ratcheting mechanisms on either side of the window. I did not want to have a bar block the visibility of the stained glass especially in the closed position. We chose to solve this by leaving out the bar and instead operate the window with two separate ratcheting handles. These wooden gears are made from 3/8″ Baltic birch plywood.

Wooden window gears

Wooden window gears

The installation had a few hiccups, but here they are installed.

Gable awning window open

Gable awning window open

Front of tiny house

Front of tiny house

Gable awning window closed

Gable awning window closed

Front of trailer view

Front of trailer view

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4 thoughts on “Custom Gable Awning Windows

  1. Wow, Arborion is looking NICE!!! Your Tiny House is way ahead of mine now. I just spent all day putting insulation in the ceiling of my Tiny House.

  2. Thanks Linda. This is just the outside though. The inside is virtually untouched. Also, you are way ahead of me as far as finding the perfect property to place it on. Looking forward to your next post. :)

  3. SERIOUSLY impressive. I love it. While it is likely from this place on my journey that I will ever enjoy living in one of these tiny homes, I am really proud of and happy for your, and will enjoy it vicariously through you :)

    • Thank you! It is definitely a very big part of why I keep up with this blog — in the hopes that others get some sort of inspiration from following a dream. Even if it is not a tiny house ‘this time around’ I hope you are still following your dreams.

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