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Question DetailsAsked on 11/4/2017

Cost to remove a 91”x25” window add 95.5”x47.5” window? Not including window price.

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Depends on your wall construction and any supporting column under overlying beams (like if putting this beneath another large opening upstairs). And of course depends on type of wall - costs commonly $1000-2500 more for that size opening (assuming this is a horizontally oriented window) in brick or steel frame construction than in normal studwall construction.


Likely to involve taking out one or possibly two studs (depending on how flexible you are on exactly where the window is centered) so a new header with greater width than current is needed. Depending on underlying conditions (right over foundation or over another story, etc) would commonly run closer to $2000 than $1000, and if difficult conditions or a lot of lead has to be carried by the new header beam could run more.


If you happen to be talking a vertical window, then again 1-2 stud width additional rough opening but not as expensive for the header - more like $500-1000 range probably in studwall construction. But watch the height - unless your wall is more than 8 feet tall you are not going to get a 95.5" window into it vertically oriented, because you have minimum 3-3.5" probably at the bottom for plate and base trimmer, and commonly for that width 11.5 or maybe 13.5" headspace for header and top plate (assuming double plate -might be single if non-load bearing wall so 1.5" less in that case) and ceiling drywall. That leaves about 14-18" of wall height for structure which the window frame cannot occupy - so maximum window height in normal nominal 8' wall is about 78-82" high window frame (leaving some trimout and rough opening leeway space too). That is the reason I assumed the existing is horizontal (probably a valence window high on the wall in a modern-design house like from Frank Lloyd Wright era), because your 91" window would not normally fit in a nominal 8' load-bearing wall unless the house is quite old (so has single plates in load-bearing walls).



Answered 1 year ago by LCD

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The window I have is on the first floor. It’s basically 2 park ridge VBSI3220PR vinyl basement slider windows next to each other. Making it about 91“ horizontal 25 “ vertical. I want to have that removed an add a Jeld-Wen V2500 Left-Operable Vinyl Sliding Window

Answered 1 year ago by Nparks1023

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Assuming this window is not inset into the foundation (so requiring concrete cutting to enlarge the rough opening), then if in a normal studwall I would expect around $1000 ballpark - you might luck out and get it for less but don't count on it, because a proper contractor will have to (for that width opening) provide temporary support to the house framing while he removes the existing windows and header and puts in a longer header - which may or may not have to be "deeper" (high in profile) than the existing - certainly will be if the existing is actually two headers with a support between the two existing windows. Possibly nudging more toward the $2000 range if in concrete or brick wall rather than studwall construction, and something in between if inset into the foundation somewhat and will fit existing rough opening but it needs to be extended in length a bit.


One thing to remember on the new window - make SURE if you are doing the measurements (bad idea, as letting the contractor do it puts any meaasurement errors out of his pocketbook rather than yours) that the proper rough opening clearance is left around the window frame (rough opening and window frame outside dimensions commonly vary by an inch or so), and that the wall is opened up to verify available headroom space BEFORE ordering the window - so you don't get a surprise encounter with pipes, framing, castellated wall section, etc which limits the available height.



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