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Old 12-11-2008, 02:58 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. I have a window in my bathroom approx 3x3. I want to close in. The wall is an exterior wall and concrete block. Would it be ok to just frame in with wood or would I need to use blocks to fill it in?

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It would be best to use masonry. You see, your window is flashed and sealed to prevent entry of water. You could build some sort of wood insert and properly flash and seal it, but it would look goofy and wouldn't hold up as well as masonry would. A small masonry project like this wouldn't be too tough for a DIYer armed with a little knowledge, patience, and a few simple tools.

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What's the exterior siding?
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Have you considered glass block for the opening? Might look kinda cool.
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You would definitely want to fill it with concrete block. The wood would shrink and leave cracks that would allow water infiltration.
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Hi everyone. I have a window in my bathroom approx 3x3. I want to close in. The wall is an exterior wall and concrete block. Would it be ok to just frame in with wood or would I need to use blocks to fill it in?

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Are you sure this windows is not a fire egress?

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Are you sure this windows is not a fire egress?

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This may change from state to state, but i have been told (architect and local inspector) in NY (at least the local here) the bathroom window does not matter and if you have a vent fan, no window is required.
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This may change from state to state, but i have been told (architect and local inspector) in NY (at least the local here) the bathroom window does not matter and if you have a vent fan, no window is required.
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Have you considered glass block for the opening? Might look kinda cool.
That's a really good idea.....I'm glad that I read your reply before I posted the same thing. With Glass block the outside of the house will not look like a patch job.

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