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Question DetailsAsked on 6/27/2015

What is the cost of shortnening a window in the kitchen so that a counter can be installed under it?

I need to shorten a kitchen window.It is 32 inches from the floor.I want to make it counter height in order to add a counter underneath it.I live in Los Angeles.What would be the cost of the total project?

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Two common ways to solve this (other than putting the countertop and backsplash right across in front of the window if it can be opened and cleaned from outside, but that is hokey.


1) modify window so it is shorter (if simple wood or aluminum frame with single-pane glass that can easily be cut) and reinsert, filling gap at bottom with drywall and siding, etc. With multi-pane unit will undoubtedly be cheaper to put in a new window. Cost typically about $500-750 ballpark for typical roughly 3 foot square kitchen window or smaller to modify (if easily done) and fill gap, assuming the siding is not hard to duplicate. Closer to $750-1000 if window unit has to be replaced because hard to modify or multi-pane.


2) raise the window header, and move the entire window unit up in the wall, assuming there is headroom overhead, and reconstruct drywall and siding and such in the gap left underneath. Typical cost probably around $400-800.


You can see the cost range overlaps, so it depends more on the contractor's preferred approach (so he gives his best price) than on the method used. An old-school or handyman type will likely tend to trying to shorten the side frames and remount the bottom frame pieces are cutting the glass to fit, sometimes (in easier cases) without even removing the window; general contractors and window companies will generally go for the total window unit replacement approach.


PS - if siding is hard to match, one solution if drips will not hurt whatever is below it, is to redo the interior drywall and insuylation and such, put up suitable exterior siding panel to fill the gap (which might not even be a type match, much less color match) and then cover that filler panel over with a window planter box. Works nicely in cases where siding type is no longer made or color match will be hard to achieve - like on vinyl siding, for instance.

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