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How to add a window to an existing wall

Did you ever look at one of the walls in your home and think to yourself, “This would be the perfect place for a window”? If so, you’re not alone. Tons of people have wondered why their walls didn’t come with windows in the first place, so they went ahead and had them installed.

Large four pane window looking on summer backyard with pool and garden

There are plenty of things to consider before adding a window to a wall, though, the most significant being: How can I best do this at a price range that’s within my budget? We’d like to help you determine that with the help of our experts here at Legacy Service. We offer a wide variety of windows options that are not only stylish but also designed to increase your home’s energy efficiency. They’re perfect for adding into an existing interior or exterior wall!

So, step out of the darkness and into the light. In this blog, we’re going to explain why you should go ahead and add another window as well as the proper steps to take in doing so. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with our consulting team, contact us at 215-798-9790 today!

Reasons to Add Windows to Existing Walls

There are plenty of reasons why you should add a window to an existing wall in your home. Our three favorites include:

Soak up the sun – Unless you’re a vampire, your home could always use more light, no matter which room you’d like to add a window to. So, soak up the sun with the installation of new construction windows. You’ll save electricity by being able to keep the lights off during the day, and you’ll improve your mood with the help of the natural sunlight.

Take in that view – No one likes staring at a brick wall, but most people do love staring out a window, whether they’re looking into nature or a busy, people-filled street. Adding more windows into your home provides you with better views of the outside world from the comfort of your own home.

Increase your home’s value – You may be hesitant about spending money to add a new window, but the good news is that it will provide you with better value in the long run. If you eventually look to sell your home, you’ll be able to ask more for it. High-performance energy-efficient windows can also help you save money on your energy bill each month.

Let us know if you have another reason! We’re always looking for feedback from homeowners.

Can You Put New Construction Windows in an Existing Home?

Yes, it’s entirely possible to add a new window into one of the existing walls of your home. In fact, if you’re looking to brighten up your home, we highly encourage it. However, like every home improvement project, there are certain steps you need to take to make sure it gets done properly. They include:

  1. Do your research – before getting started, take the time to research a few important items. First, find out what the local building requirements are for adding a new window. Then, determine the general area to place your window as well as the type. Last but not least, do a little investigative work to make sure you’re avoiding electrical wiring, ductwork, and plumbing.
  2. Purchase the correct materials – If you’re doing the project yourself, you’ll need to purchase the correct materials. They include but are not limited to interior and exterior window casing, shims, and drip-cap flashing. Contact us for a full list. If you would rather hire an expert, like our team at Legacy Service, we’ll do that for you.
  3. Rent the right tools – If you’re choosing to complete the project, you’ll have to either rent or purchase the right tools. Ones we recommend include a tape measure, stapler, level, caulking gun, hammer, saw, stud finder, carpenter’s square, razor knife, and drill with a screwdriver bit.

Construction Worker Installing New Windows In House

How to Add a Window to an Existing Wall

Now that you’ve done your research and gathered your materials and tools, it’s time to get to work! You may want to hire a company so that you won’t have to do this, but it’s still nice to know what’s going to take place. Here are the steps for adding a window into an existing wall:

  1. Measure, measure, measure – It’s important to make sure you’re measuring correctly when doing any home improvement, but it’s essential when you’re cutting a hole in your home. Measure everything at least twice.
  2. Create the opening – Next, comes the part where you have to be exceptionally careful because you’ll be cutting a large hole in your home. You’ll probably have to cut the opening larger than the rough opening to accommodate the supporting frame and header. It may take an entire day to create the opening as well as remove the drywall and frame in the window.
  3. Frame the window – Make sure that your window is structurally secure and will not sag over time by using the proper framing methods. Put lower wall stud cripples in underneath the window opening to support the windowsill, and allow water to drain by installing the windowsill at a slight 1-inch slope. Contact us for more information about the next steps.
  4. Finish opening the wall – Once the framing is in place, you’ll be able to finish opening the wall. Drill pilot holes from the inside at each order to locate the window opening from the exterior of your home. A 12-inch drill bit should be enough to work. Then, draw a line using a straightedge to connect the drill holes, which will be the area for you to cut out.
  5. Install the window – Finally, you’ll be able to place the window. Use a nailing fin or integral flange to secure your new vinyl or metal windows to the house. Give us a call to talk to one of our experts about the instructions for protecting your house from moisture infiltration.

How Much Will it Cost to Add a New Window?

If you’re looking to add a window into an existing brick wall or another type of wall, you’ll want to know the potential costs before you begin. No two projects are the same, so we will not be able to provide you with an exact price, but we can give you a range that you can expect. Adding a window into an existing wall requires a combination of siding, framing, and finishing work, so the price range will usually run between $1,000 and $5,000 per window.

The factors that will affect a new window installation into an existing wall include:

  • Framing typically costs between $1,000 and $2,500.
  • The installation of insulation can cost between $450 and $3,000.
  • Rerouting electrical will usually cost between $150 and $500.
  • The cost of trim repair can range between $300 and $1,000.
  • Siding repair will typically cost between $300 and $1,100.
  • Drywall installation tends to cost about $1.50 per square foot.

Large wooden window with beautiful curtains in sunny day

Are You Going For It?

Adding a new window to an existing wall is an extensive project, but it’s worth it in the end. You’ll have a better view of the outside, and you’ll allow more light into your home, helping you save costs on electricity in the long run.

At Legacy Service, we’d like to help you install your new windows, whether you’re looking to add in a new one or replace an old one. We put careful consideration and effort into our work, so you can rest assured that your windows will not only be beautiful but will also have a long lifespan.

So, are you going for it? If you’d like to learn more about installing or replacing windows, as well as the benefits you can receive from them, give our team a call today at 215-798-9790 or contact us at https://legacyusa.com/contact/.