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Dear Construction People

1 July, 2006

Dear Construction People

Why can I only open my windows from the bottom? I live on the top floor. I have cats. The hottest air in the room is at the top! I can’t open my windows all the way, because the screens aren’t particularly safe, should a cat lean against them. Which they can, because the windows have lovely ledges and are set about a foot from the floor. Heck, I can’t even open them 6 inches! When it’s actually below 70 at night, I’d like to have fresh (if muggy) air in the place. I would like to not have to run the A/C all the time.

And, by the way, don’t say it’s because people can’t reach to lower a casement window — not when you’ve built the kitchen cupboards so damned high I have to use a stool to reach the second shelf!

This is what we call a design flaw.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 1 July, 2006 4:36 pm

    I think it’s un-American to have windows open from the top. 😉

  2. 1 July, 2006 8:02 pm

    But why? It makes sense!

  3. 7 July, 2006 8:12 pm

    And that would be why it’s un-American.

  4. 10 July, 2006 3:55 pm

    Come to Canada: all our windows at home open fully top and bottom and can even hinge inside to essentially have 100% airflow.Of course, then there’s my floor to ceiling office window at the U that has a tiny, square, cranks-outward flap at the bottom that maybe allows 10% airflow.Guess where I don’t spend much time on hot summer days?

  5. 12 July, 2006 11:29 am

    “casement” windows are the type that open with a crank, I think. What you are thinking of is “double-hung.”And the reason you can’t have them is that they are OUT OF FASHION. They were very popular back almost 100 years ago, and they now represent the OLD instead of the NEW and, to a lesser extent, a certain poverty of not being able to replace the old windows with new (or the ironic gentrification vibe — like clotheslines).

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