Enlarging basement window


Old 10-01-17, 08:40 AM
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Enlarging basement window

I have several small basement windows (approximately 12L x 8H) I would like to enlarge. I have a walk out basement, therefore no excavation is required, and the walls are composed of cinder blocks.

1. How advanced of a project would this be?
2. Are there any step-by-step guides online you can recommend?
3. Any other tips / considerations I need to make before deciding to do this period, doing it myself, or just hiring someone.

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Old 10-01-17, 08:52 AM
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Hello and welcome to the forum!

Just so you know, we don't recommend off site guides and such. You can do a google search for that, if you like.
Old 10-01-17, 09:25 AM
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You're right, I can Google for a guide, and have, but I have no idea what sources to trust more than others. So I guess I either need to ask a poster for a full step-by-step guide or ask piecemeal questions regarding the process?

Can anyone provide me a high-level overview of what the process entails?
Old 10-01-17, 10:34 AM
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Without having a few pictures of the wall and framing above the window, it's a little hard to answer. If you want to provide more info, we might be able to help. Specifically we would need to know/see if there is a row of blocks above the existing window or not, which way the joists run, wall finishes inside and out, etc.

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