Add or Expand Windows to Bring in More Light

Posted by Marilynn F. on 8th Jun 2023

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Windows last for years, but eventually, they do need to be replaced. This presents the perfect opportunity for you to not only upgrade your existing windows but also add them to other areas. By doing everything at the same time, you can make this into a truly noticeable home improvement project. While this may increase the window replacement cost, it will provide you with pleasure for years to come. 

New Window Installation

The number and type of windows houses are built with changes throughout the decades. Unfortunately, some decades produce houses that are nearly windowless. The windows are small, and in some rooms, they don't exist at all. This leaves the interior far darker than it needs to be and forces you to use your lights even in the middle of the day.

When your old windows finally wear out, consider something other than direct replacement windows. Since you'll have the old windows out of their openings, this will be the best time to enlarge those holes, so you can turn them into big portals of light. You'll also have all the needed tools, so it's the perfect time to go into those windowless or under-windowed rooms and make new construction windows, too. If you choose to DIY the construction of the windows, you'll have all the materials already at hand. Simply be sure to buy enough to make and glaze all the needed frames.

If like many people, you choose to install pre-made windows, you'll need to take just a bit more care when you decide on your window sizes. Be sure to choose a size for which pre-constructed windows are readily available, if possible. If you want bigger windows, check to see if there is a nearby custom window maker before cutting so you can be sure you'll be able to get the needed frames.


Inside a wall, there are many studs that work to hold the structure up. Some of these are more critical than others. You will want to make sure not to cut window holes through the support studs without building a system that will maintain the home's structural strength. Seek the advice of a contractor or other knowledgeable professional, if you don't have the necessary information on this part of the job.

Other hazards commonly found inside walls include wiring and plumbing. Therefore, you should never just start cutting through the entire thickness of a wall. Instead, carefully remove the interior finishing panels first so you can see exactly what you'll be getting into. If any wiring or pipes are found, these will have to be properly removed from the cutting area before proceeding.

Even when there are no infrastructure issues to take care of, you will still have at least one thing to look out for: fitting the new windows. Avoid the temptation to go ahead with work if you find that the window hole, the new house frame, and the window frame won't all fit together properly. Gaps equal leaks when it comes to windows, and leaks can allow rot-producing water to get down into your walls and cause massive damage. Always take the time to make sure that every stationary piece fits together solidly. Of course, there is one way to avoid all hassles: Hire a contractor. A professional contractor will have no trouble building you some entirely new windows or expanding your old ones.


Marilynn F. has been writing professionally since 2009 and writing for her own sites since 2000. She has written a lot of articles for builders and contractors. Most of these articles provide an overview of the services provided by clients in the industry or promote the idea of hiring them to do a certain project. Several articles offer tips for finding a builder in a certain area. Other than writing, Marilynn enjoys gardening, figuring out how to fix things, upgrading her computer on her own, green products, and many other things.

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