Fill in foundation windows

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Old 08-28-13, 08:33 AM
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Fill in foundation windows

I am working on a basement remodel project for my home built in 1949. The foundation is block and there are 2 windows that I would like to cover up rather than replace the single pane windows. They are 2 blocks tall and 2 blocks wide. Since the openings are rectangular there are half blocks in use.

To fill in with new blocks would it be advised to remove the old halves and work in full blocks or just fill in the current opening with halves as needed?

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Old 08-28-13, 09:24 AM
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There is no structural reason to tooth out the block. I'd use 2 full blocks on the first row then one full and 2 halves on the next.
 
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Old 08-29-13, 10:27 PM
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But if your remodel plans include sleeping rooms, then you need to enlarge to window openings to create egress that's code-compliant. Not to mention being a selling point when you decide to unload the place, and a potential buyer might be looking for suitable mother-in-law quarters.
 
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