How To Add A Window To Your Home Where Currently There Isn’t One


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Our customers often tell us, “You see that wall over there? I want to add a window where there isn’t one.” This is what we here at HomeProHub call a wall cut down. Sometimes our homeowners don’t wish to simply add a window; they want to convert one into a patio door. We call that a wall extension.

So how do you get this process started? While we always suggest you chat with an installation professional first, here are some things to consider and potential benefits if you want to add a window where you currently have a wall.


Things to Consider

  • If you’re planning to add a window, it is important to consider the size you would like to have installed. In some cases, our customers would like a window that starts very low to the ground in order to maximize the amount of light coming into that space. If you plan to have one installed close to floor level, keep in mind that the glass in many cases will have to be tempered to ensure it doesn’t shatter should your children happen to bang into it.
  • The window contractor you hire will need to enlist a trusted electrician because there are usually electrical wires inside of the wall.
  • Keep in mind that if you’re converting a window into a patio door that building code requires the instillation of a light on the other side of it.
  • Available wall space will be diminished with the addition of a window. Be sure to consider the appropriate location for a wall cut down. If you currently have furniture along the wall in consideration, be sure you have a new location for it.
  • You need to be aware of the finish options for both the interior and exterior of your home. Many homeowners find this part of the process to be the most cumbersome. Have a professional help you out if you require more guidance.
  • Damage to the exterior finish of your home is always a concern when doing a wall cut down or an extension. It’s a good idea to speak with a professional about those potential concerns before making your final selection.

Benefits

  • Your new installation will create additional lighting where it’s currently lacking.
  • You’re adding fantastic functionality when converting an old window into a patio door. You now have convenient access to your backyard, swimming pool, and garden.
  • With today’s window technology, when adding a window where a wall currently is the concerns around the impact this will create on the energy efficiency of your home is now greatly diminished.

If you add a window where there currently isn’t one in your home, you’ll soon see that it’s a great way to increase lighting – and access to your patio and backyard – while adding a touch of class to your casa.

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