Post # 1
We did it, Bees! We bought our first house!<br />I have a few questions about renovations… We have an older house, and we’d like to update the windows. They are somewhat small right now, when we update can we make them larger, or is that crazy difficult?<br />The master bedroom has a decent closet, but has a regular door on it. Can you add a dual (normal closet) door?<br /><br />
Post # 2
Haruyou: Windows can be enlarged but they need to have the headers enlarged too. Headers carry the weight of the wall above the window. You might also need a structural engineer to ensure it is not a load bearing wall.
If you don’t know a good contractor, get to know your neighbours and ask for recommendations.
You could change the door to more traditional closet doors but it may actually make it more awkward to use the closet. A regular door opens fulyl so you have the whole width of the doorframe to access the closet. Traditional bifold closet doors fold back upon themselves so you will be giving up a couple of inches of space on each side of the door frame for getting things in and out. The actual space inside the closet remains the same. If there’s room, you might want to consider enlarging the closet when you have the builder in for the windows.
Post # 3
Haruyou: I kind of know about the windows. They would pop out the old ones and have to reframe for the new ones. There is a wooden frame the windows sit in. So that’s the pricy part. Can definitely be done, but reframing is more than just replacing. Not sure what you have on the outside: stucco, siding, but that would have to be addressed as well. It would also depend on what’s in the walls, ie electrical. All sorts of codes have to be followed. You can just get a few contractors out and they will tell you exactly what’s doable.
Post # 4
Its not super hard to make the windows bigger, but for support reasons (incase a new header and more support has to go in) I’d talk to a professional… plus that way everything will be sealed and such correctly.
Yes you can replace the closet door with another door, but it depends on the actual size. If you want sliding dual doors, you’ll have to have the wall to open up, and if you want to replace with bifolds, they just have to make bifolds in that size.
Post # 5
Congrats on your new house!
Almost anything is possible, it’s just a matter of cost. “Replacement windows” fit inside the existing window frames, which means you don’t have to touch interior/exterior trim and other finishes and is the least expensive. Enlarging openings require more work, structural and other finish work, aside from just replacing the windows – although this might not be that big of a deal if you are already planning on other renovations in addition to replacing windows. Same goes for wider doors for the closet.
Good luck! New house and renovations are very exciting!
Post # 6
Haruyou: Window are super expensive. It sounds like you want to have custom ones as well and would have to make the frame larger which would require more labor and that is very pricey too. If your windows are in good condition I say hold off, and if not, then get windows that will fit the exisiting frame. But if you have the money to do it all then go for it.
The closet doesn’t sound like a difficult or super expensive fix, so that is an easy reno.
Post # 7
You (mainly your contractor) also need to check with the city/town on their requirements for replacing windows. Often window sizes in older houses don’t meet code requirements for egress (windows in bedrooms in upper levels need to be a certain size or larger) and some towns will require your new windows meet code even if you are just replacing within existing openings.
Post # 8
Windows are expensive, making them larger would also require them basically cutting a new hole and reframing them as other PPs have said. Perhaps you could replace them with a different style that is more glass/less framing so that they appear bigger? Also, with an older home, you may have to have the windows custom made to fit the existing frame, as the dimensions on older windows may not be the same as your average “stock” windows.
Post # 9
Thank you all! We have steel siding. <br />It seems like just amping up what we have for windows will have to do. Thanks all!! 🙂