DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > Windows and Doors > french doors




Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-24-2005, 02:30 PM  
msvalentine
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 3
Default french doors

How hard would it be to install french doors where there is currently only a window? Here's what I have: a single standard sized window in my dining room looking out to the garden in my back yard.

Here's what I would like: french doors where the current window is going out to the garden.

Would this be a difficult, expensive, and/or time consuming project?

Thanks in advance for your help!



__________________
msvalentine is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-25-2005, 01:22 PM  
FirTrader
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 51
Default

MSV (Val for short??) if you have a window which is wide enough, then putting a door in instead is really easy. Windows and doors are framed basically the same, which is to say that above them, you'll find a beam or lintel, and directly beside the window you'll find a stud that holds up that beam, and beside that stud, a stud which goes right to the top of the wall. So if you have a window that is sitting in a 5 foot opening, and you want to put a 5 foot wide set of doors instead, then you literally need only to pull out the window, (get all the trim off, inside and out, and pull any nails in the flange, and run a sawzall around the window between it and the studs to free it up). Then you just cut the wall below the window out with a sawzall (CHECK FOR WIRING FIRST!!!!). Once that wall is cut out, install your door. It took me 3 hours to go from window to sliding door, not including finishing, last time I did one. Just make sure your dimensions are going to work out for you.

__________________
FirTrader is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2005, 12:11 AM  
Bill
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 30
Default

Just as th previous note. you can cut wider and install a header in the wall above the door opening and support that header with a support on each side of the door. You will have to cut the header above your existing window. This can be done with a sawsall and a long blade. If you are carefull you can cut the nails by cutting between the sheetrock and the wood and cause minimal damage to the sheetrock. Good Luck!

__________________
Bill is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
Installing French doors in a block house number13va Framing and Foundation 8 01-10-2009 08:08 PM
Pella Vs. Anderson Patio French Doors Tom Zorro Windows and Doors 5 09-30-2008 01:00 PM
patio doors and security John7447 General Home Improvement Discussion 1 06-06-2008 06:38 PM
Warped doors and doorways? WestBentley Carpentry and Woodworking 3 03-06-2007 07:19 AM

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS