||08-06-2013 08:23 AM
Bay window construction questions
We have a double window in our kitchen composed of two double hung vinyl windows side by side. The total opening is about 6' long by 4' high. The windows are separated in the middle by a trimmed 2x4 post. We'd like to remove these two windows and build out a bay using three new windows, but first we need to be sure that there is a header that spans the entire 6' opening. In such a configuration, would the center 2x4 post normally be a load bearing member or just a nailer for the windows on either side? Shouldn't there just be a full header that spans the entire 6' length?