Windows for this house have been a challenge from the beginning. We decided to inset the windows 2-3". Deciding on wood windows was an expensive option to accept, but I did. Finding a manufacturer that had a reasonable price was a bit of work and actually choosing the windows took many weeks. Unfortunately, the aluminum clad wood windows that we ordered arrived with out the cladding. The supplier cut us a deal that we could live with. So, we got windows.
The architect supplied a window detail that was challenging, so we decided to modify it. This was mostly because we didn't think that the window bucks were substantial enough and would easily fall out of square as the bales were pushed against them. Unfortunately, our new more solid bucks did not provide and adequate anchoring surface to attach the wood windows. (The wood windows came without a nailing flange nor brick mold.) So we are now tearing the plywood face of our bucks off so that we can install a 2x4 or 2x6 flat behind it.
Additionally, we detailed the exterior of the West window buck with the mesh curved in too close to the inside of the window buck, hence we don't have room for a piece of weather molding to cover the gap between the window jam and the buck. All that work must be redone.
Against the advice of my friend Joe the Builder, we are still planning to inset the windows. So, as a general contractor he cannot install the windows since any failure due to water infiltration would then be his responsibility. I don't blame him for that.
Did I mention that I have agonized over the window sill detail for months now? Our new buck design made it very hard to incorporate the architects window flashing scheme. I couldn't wrap my mind around how to do it and some people counseled me that it was unnecessary. It may be overkill in our dry climate, but it ought to be done. I think that I finally figured that out. I'll post details and sketches of all this later.
We did install three doors yesterday. Though we decided not to inset those due to thresh hold issues.