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Old 04-15-2009, 12:45 PM   #1
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Hi Folks

Apologies if this was already posted or if I am in the wrong section. I did a search but could not find anything appropriate.

Anyway just a quick question:

I am currently looking at buying a 2 storey house which is concrete built.
The house is strucurally complete now but unfortunately the Kitchen area is quite dark as there is no window near where the Kitchen Presses should be. For some reason the Builders decided not too put in a window where all other detached houses in the estate have it.

My question is. How much trouble would it be for a builder to put in a Small Window into a load bearing wall. The builder has said it is too messey a job.

How difficult would this be for the builder. Is this a standard operation or is it something best avoided. We dont want to push the builder on this, if it is an unreasonable demand.

Any general info on this and what would be involved would be appreciated.

Thanks for your help.

Cheers Dave

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Old 04-15-2009, 01:15 PM   #2
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Is the wall brick or stone etc?
That can be messy
But a wood framed wall is fairly simple & straight forward
This is on the 1st floor?
I've retrofitted windows into walls - doesn't take that long if its not a big window

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Well the walls are made of concrete bocks. Id imagine it would be difficult.
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by code you would have to install a lentel which in my case was steel angel above the window extending past the frame and into the block.It can and is a messy and hard job to do after the wall is already up.If it is planned for and put in durring the building it anit no big deal .You might just be better off putting in more lights in the kit.
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Hi Lads. Thanks a million for tha advice. Appreciate your replies. Might leave well enough alone and get some extra spot lights put in. Cheers Dave
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:08 PM   #6
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Putting a window in a concrete block wall is very easy to do with the right equipment and know how. It can be messy if you don't tape off the air, use dust extraction, and don't use drop cloths. You should have no problem installing the window as long as you get a decent contractor who has done this a few times before. Lintels are easily retrofitted.

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