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Adding or Eliminating Windows

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Adding, eliminating or reducing windows

Did you know that brand new window locations can be created in certain areas of your home? You can also reduce, enlarge or eliminate a window in your home. Whether you have lived in your home for several years or have just moved in you may want to change or add a window in a specific area to provide more lighting or to take advantage of the view. You may also want to remove or reduce a window to create more privacy or for other aesthetic reasons. All of these options are possible but there are some things to consider before doing so.

New window

If you think you want a window installed in your home you should first use a piece of paper or cardboard representing the size of the window and put it on the wall for visualization purposes. You should also note the location of the window on the exterior as well. This will allow you to make sure that things on the outside of your home will not inhibit the window in anyway. Your gas meter, electrical panel or any other meter should not be within at least 3 feet of the window opening.

When you have a new window installed a structural header will be necessary in order to support the window framing. You must realize that the cutting of the interior and exterior will slightly exceed the window size. Electrical or plumbing lines may need to be re-routed as well to allow for the new window.

Reduction or elimination of a window

For whatever reason you may want to make a window smaller or eliminated all together. This is called a buildup. Before moving forward you need to cover part or all of the window to see what it would look and feel like in your home. Use cardboard because it is thicker and will give you a more accurate feel if the window is gone. If this is taking place in a bedroom you will have to check building codes. Generally bedrooms must have at least one window that is no higher than 44 inches from the floor and a height of 20 inches and width of 24 inches.

Enlarging a window

Depending on your needs you may want to make a window space larger or even turn it into a doorway. This is called a cut down because the sill of the window is lowered to make it larger. You also need to check building codes for heights of windows and requirements for door installations.

In general all of these jobs will require construction to your home. Do not try to attempt these jobs on your own or cut corners. Call in the professionals. The window experts at Gulfside Windows Doors and More will be able to tell you how the project that you have envisioned can become a reality.

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