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Old 04-10-2014, 12:31 AM   #1
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Adding a window where there isn't one


Looking to buy a 'fixer-upper' in which I will likely strip down to bare studs. Curious how challenging or difficult it is to add a window opening where there currently isn't one. Or making an existing window opening larger to accommodate a bigger window. I'm thinking since I'll be tearing off the existing drywall & trim on the interior and siding on the exterior will make the task easier, but looking for some professional input.

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Easy enough.You just need to frame in the rough opening using king and jack studs with a header and cripples.The rough opening size will be marked on the window you buy.

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Cutting in, framing, and setting itis easy. It's critical you detail it correctly or you can have leaks.
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also make sure you know exact rough opening sizes needed. windows and doors are the two that get messed up the most on jobs and the sizes need to be correct. for opening up holes in the walls you will need to temp brace the structure around where the work is to be done to hold the weight until you get the headers in and everything is framed up.
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Unless you are framing a gable end wall, then it is a nothing. Ron
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Thanks guys. I will likely be adding a window opening and enlarging some of the existing window openings. It is an older ranch that has what nowadays seems like ridiculously small windows. Would like to make the house brighter and add more natural light. Is there a rule of thumb for how big (vertically) to make the window openings in relation to the wall height?
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Thanks guys. I will likely be adding a window opening and enlarging some of the existing window openings. It is an older ranch that has what nowadays seems like ridiculously small windows. Would like to make the house brighter and add more natural light. Is there a rule of thumb for how big (vertically) to make the window openings in relation to the wall height?
consider the header at the top. that is the limiting factor for the height of the windows. standard header is 9 1/4" with double plates equaling 3" on top of that so 12 or 13" down from ceiling. if you are less than 18" from finished floor at bottom of window the glass may need to be tempered.
It will be easier to go bigger vertically than width wise.
to explain what you will find in your wall--- A lot of houses framed have the header up to the underside of top plates and then filled in under the header later for the windows but if the sizes of the windows are known then the header can be set at the top of window and then the framing filled in above header up to plate. this is how you will find your headers, either up a the plates or located at the top of windows depending how they framed it.
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consider the header at the top. that is the limiting factor for the height of the windows. standard header is 9 1/4" with double plates equaling 3" on top of that so 12 or 13" down from ceiling. if you are less than 18" from finished floor at bottom of window the glass may need to be tempered.
It will be easier to go bigger vertically than width wise.
to explain what you will find in your wall--- A lot of houses framed have the header up to the underside of top plates and then filled in under the header later for the windows but if the sizes of the windows are known then the header can be set at the top of window and then the framing filled in above header up to plate. this is how you will find your headers, either up a the plates or located at the top of windows depending how they framed it.
Thanks for the informative post, much appreciated!

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