Replace Door with Window


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Old 02-28-09, 03:10 PM
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Replace Door with Window

My problem: I purchased a brick bi-level house that has a double glass door in front of house (elevated about 4' above ground). The stairs/porch entry to this door is an eye-sore that needs to go especially since it's in the front of the house.

I want to replace the door with a window. Since the house is brick and I probably wont be able to match the bricks, I was thinking about installing the window, which I have not decided on the size or stlye yet, and then trim out the remaing area with some other material (decorative vinyl, etc...).

I'm looking for some design ideas or web sites that might help. As of now, I'm pretty open to any ideas.

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Old 02-28-09, 04:04 PM
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Welcome to the forums! If you think you will be unable to match the brick (and you probably won't be able to match the tie and tier) you may want to consider using something like cedar shakes in the area. It doesn't glare at you and would be a subtle trim.
 
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Old 02-28-09, 04:27 PM
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If your house is not a custom or too old, matching the brick is often not too hard for a good mason, who can also make the patch look like it belongs. That is why they get good bucks. I had one that did some stone work on a major renovation I was doing for a customer, 50 yr old house. Dining room became a kitchen, so the large picture window had to shrink considerably. When he was done, you could not tell the old from the new work. I use him often because of this job.
 
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Old 02-28-09, 10:14 PM
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I agree. A good mason can even match the mortar. The only problem is that it is really tough to get somebody good enough to come work on a small job such as this. I work as a sub for a larger company and we just turned an old brick house into a new showroom for the GC. Their mason bricked in a couple windows and a door, and patched where some bricks were gone, and damn if it don't look like it was always there.
 
 

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