When we first discovered that a taller window had once been in this space, I considering it merely fascinating. Now it's a very sharp thorn in my side.
Darwin wants to leave the current window alone. But then what do we do with the gapped-up beadboard patching the old window opening?
This wasn't a problem when we planned to tile or take down the beadboard and turn it vertical below a chairrail. But we decided to keep the beadboard in its current state, and just patch the holes and one or two broken boards. The only real obstacle to that plan is the ugly hole under the window.
All along, I've wanted to replace the current window with one that fits in the original space. But it isn't so easy finding a window the correct size. Our windows are oddly narrow, and on eBay most of the appropriate style windows have been painted up with roses and cutesy sayings as shabby chic "art." Either that, or the seller lives in Ohio and refuses to ship.
As for the many online salvage shops, most don't traffic in simple 2-over-2 windows. They're more interested in leaded glass.
Which brings me to another idea I had - scoot the current window down into the old opening and put a leaded/stained glass transom above it to fill the space. From the research I've done on Victorian bathrooms, this wouldn't have been unusual.
Only our bathroom is not a fancy one in a fancy house. The beadboard, slanted ceiling and painted wood floor tell a simpler story. This bathroom was once a porch, added on at an as-yet-undetermined date after the original construction of the house. And if they couldn't manage to squeeze in leaded glass anywhere else in the house, would they have put it in a little enclosed porch/bathroom? I doubt it.
I know I don't have to be totally faithful to what was original to the house, but I don't like altering the exterior in ways that just don't fit.
And that's the thing with this window. It will have to work from inside and out, something we haven't had to deal with yet. There's aluminum siding on that part of the house, but what if we take it off one day, and there's the ugly gap below the window to be dealt with again?
*Sigh* What I really want to do is replace the window. It's just hard to be patient waiting for that right replacement window to surface when I want the bathroom finished this summer.
Technically, I guess we could do the rest of the room and leave that wall alone for now. It would be harder to take out and replace a window with a toilet and bathtub somewhat in the way, but it could be done.