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Old 03-20-16, 04:24 PM
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Replace window with door

We have a 71.5" wide window in our new home that we would like to remove and install sliding or patio doors. We would need brick cut on the exterior along with removing the window and installing the new, as well as steps added in the outside? Can anyone give me an idea on the cost of having a pro install vs DIY? What sort of permits would be needed? Opinions on sliding vs. French?
 
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Old 03-20-16, 05:14 PM
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The doors alone can cost as high as $2,000. Labor could be the same. Plans would have to be submitted to the building dept, for approval. I'd rather have sliding doors than French doors. Consider the loss of heat during the winter. Glass doesn't retain heat well. Is there base board heating on the wall that you want to open? Which direction is the wall facing? South or West would be ideal.
 
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Old 03-20-16, 05:42 PM
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Thanks for the info! The wall faces west - we had a national window company quote us at over 6k for sliding doors, after promotions just under 4K for the door alone and 1-2k for the labor - does this seem reasonable? I felt it was extremely high, but the door features and warranties helped some. What door features should I keep in mind when selecting a door?
 
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Of course it can be done for quite less on a DIY basis. Companies are out there to make a living, thus their high prices. But don't demean them for it as it is just business.

One thing to consider in addition to having your brick cut, you will need a header, if there is not one already installed over the window (likely). You will need any electrical or air conditioning moved in the wall, which will require rerouting it under the house, or up and through the attic.

Posting a picture of what you have would help us give better advice for DIY if you want. http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...your-post.html
 
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4 grand for the door alone seems like a lot. You can always ask for a labor price & buy the supplies yourself. Try to post some pics.
 
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