Moving windows

posted Oct 1, 2014, 3:42 AM by Paul Halliday   [ updated Oct 7, 2014, 4:18 AM ]
This has been on my todo list for a while but I have been avoiding it like the plague because it was going to be a significant chore. Messing with the windows also means messing with drywall, crack-filling and siding.

When I added a loft over my kitchen I had no choice but to cut off the lower portion of the windows on the front of the house. I could have worked around this but the other option: a low ceiling in the kitchen, was even less appealing. They had to move.

Here I have already removed the existing headers and reframed the upper portion of the new opening. From here, it is just a matter of freeing the window from the structure, cutting out the sheeting above the window and framing in a little wall in the bottom void.

 Now that looks better!

This side was easy because I could work from the inside and any mess would be easy to clean up. The other side was a little trickier because I needed to work from the outside.

The only thing left is to remove the remaining siding and cover everything in a waterproof membrane.

This side of the house faces south and I have always had water problems. Whenever there is a storm (especially during hurricane season) the rain isn't falling but blowing upwards with enough force to go up the siding at the overlaps. The waterproof membrane coupled with a steel panel siding product should eliminate this problem.

I will take another shot when the siding is complete.