To keep or not to keep? I've got the giant window header up, just sliced a section out of the corner bracing and set-in my jack stud. I left the former framing members in, as long as they were below my window sill height. Originally I was thinking I'd leave in the old, and add to it's strength...
Do I leave in the old, and add to it? Or, do I take out the old, and build a typical crippled sill without the diagonal brace?
Lemme see about getting some pics up (because I know my description must be oh so clear )
The sill plate is not attached, and is in place as a guide only. I plan to double it, which is why there are extra chunks in for spacing. The cripples beneath it are only standing by themselves and are a pain to get in & out so I left 'em in for the pic's. If I keep the original brace and attached framing, I am limited to how I might brace it--as you can see from the pics.
There will be no exterior sheathing, just 4x10 Hardie Panels.
Don't be afraid to tell me like it is, this is a major learning experience and I expect to be told what I'm doing wrong. But be a gentle voice of reason