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Question DetailsAsked on 4/16/2017

Labor cost to install a window in a shower were no window exists

There is currently no window in shower, would like to put one, need to break a hole in stucco wall and tile from jnside shower, window is 24 in by 24 in.looking to get a labor cost only

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Commonly about $300-400 range assuming no pipes or wiring in the desired spot - because with that size window means one stud likely has to be cut and new header put in. Unless the contractor is careful and clever about it, you will also have costs for stucco and drywall repair and repainting, because just cutting the opening and putting in the header and rough framing involves more height and width than the window takes up to put in the header and jack studs.

A good contractor, especially for a smallish window like this only cutting one stud, can usually (barring utility interferences in the wall) carefully cut the opening in the surface finishes to actual finish rough opening size, and install the header and studs and rough sill using blocking and/or metal connector plates to sneak the components into place between the outer and inner finishes o0ne by one without damaging the finish surfaces - though might have a few stucco or drywall cracks that need a bit of touchup.

Note you said "no window in shower" - if you mean in the room, fine - and the further you keep it from the shower itself the left moisture issues you will have (and use a non-wood window material). If you mean one in the shower itself, you need to be sure to get an excellent installer, because waterproofing that is all-important to prevent water getting into the wall. Note if it gets cold in your area you may regret an in-shower window - for mold and condensation/icing reasons, and for the cold air which will pour off it during the winter.

Also - I recommend true frosted or glazed or textured or whatever glass, not the stick-on privacy coatings - they just do not stick well in bathroom environments and can also grow mold on them in many cases.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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