I find that it's best to make the sill (it's actually a stool) and extension jambs, nail them together as one unit (like a frame) then install that into the rough opening, keeping everything symmetrical with the window. Shim to the rough opening with shims, fasten to the rough opening with nails that will penetrate into at least 1 of framing. Once that's on, the casing should be self explanatory. Do you need more info, such as how to make the stool? Are you putting backbanding around your casing? Or an entablature on top?
I agree with all your points....and partially with the seller. Full screens WILL slightly obstruct the view of the grilles, esp with darker screen material. I think 1/2 screens look kind of odd on a DH window. Your idea of ventilation is correct...thats the way it should be done. With the advent of central heat and air, thats been sort of forgotten. If you will be opening the windows a lot...then I'd go with full. Now...if you are not getting grilles in both sashes...I don't think it will make much difference if you use 1/2 screens. As johnam said...no reason why you couldn't mix and match. Just keep the same screens for windows visible from the same spot (ie...whole front or rear of the house). You could always order different screens later if you don't like what you choose. Most vinyl window screens are pretty inexpensive.
I replaced all my windows with Marvin double hung inserts. We got the full screens because I thought the half screens would look silly. They easy to remove if you want to take pictures. There are to pins you pull on from the inside and the screen will pop out. You can see the grills no problem with these screens. Yes, the windows owuld look way better without screens, but they look nice with them. I know Marvin offers screens that are less visible that what we got. Here is a picture of our windows shortly after they were installed with the screens on them:http://flickr.com/gp/drooplug/SmWKhj
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