replacing a bay window with a swing doors

Old 08-10-04, 11:29 AM
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Question replacing a bay window with a swing doors

I have an 8' bay window, I want to replace it with a double swing door. My concern is the R.O. I have a picture of the exposed frame while the house was being built, I've never done this before, so I'm worried that the roof may sag if I have to adjust the R.O. Is that possible?
Old 08-10-04, 05:51 PM
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No Can Do.

I'm a professional builder and I cannot imagine replacing a bay window with double swinging doors.

A bay window has an extended floor into the bay. How do you plan to deal with this floor and yet install double swinging doors?

But the answer to your question about changing the rough opening is that you can't. Not by you anyhow. It takes a professional contractor and never a DIYer to change a rough opening because the structural integrity of your home can be brought into very serious jeopardy.

Not a DIY project.

Hire a pro.
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There is no extended floor, this is a protruding window, what some call "garden window".
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You will need to provide the necessary support for the load bearing wall of the exterior of the house during any structural changes. Making the rough opening smaller is less of a challenge that making it larger.
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Best leave it to a pro. I understand that the window is just bumped out from the wall -- but HOW is it supported??

In SOME cases, the rough opening is the opening that you see in the wall -- the portion of the window that projects out has nothing to do with it. No reason that you couldn't remove it and simply install your door in that opening. But I can't see it!! I don't know that THAT is what you are dealing with.

And does this window provide support for the roof?? I don't know -- I can't see it.

Call a pro who can LOOK at it.

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