Add a Window Opening in an Interior Wall: 3 Tips Add a Window Opening in an Interior Wall: 3 Tips

A great way to enhance the interior design of your home is to add a window in an interior wall. Adding a window can bring together two rooms, such as a kitchen and dining room, without altering your floor plan. Also known as a trimmed opening, these architectural features can be customized to suit any home design. If you're considering this type of project, there are three things you should keep in mind. By doing so, you can ensure that your project will go smoothly and you'll be happy with the final results.

1. Check the Framing

One of the first steps you must take to add a window to any wall, whether it's an interior or exterior, is to check the layout of the existing framing. If the wall is a load bearing wall, there could be support posts in the location of your window. Load bearing walls support second story floors and roof framing, so it's important to verify the type of wall before cutting into it. If it is a load bearing wall, you'll probably want to consult an architect or engineer to determine the best way to cut the wall without damaging the structural integrity of the home. If it's just an interior partition wall, then a standard header, jack stud and king stud framing configuration will do just fine.

2. Check for Electrical Wiring

Another key factor to consider when you add a window to an interior wall is the presence of electrical wiring or devices in the wall. This is especially important for homes that don't have a basement. In these cases, the majority of the wiring is fed from above, which means you run the risk of wires intersecting your window rough opening. After you've determined the location, check to see if any receptacles fall underneath the window location. If this is the case, you'll have to reroute the electrical feed to the outlet. Make sure you locate the correct circuit in the panel for the particular receptacle you'll have to move. It's important to know what other devices are associated with that circuit before you reroute the receptacle feed. These extra steps will add both time and money to your budget, but are rarely accounted for at the beginning of the project.

3. Finishing the Opening

An interior window, or trimmed opening, can be finished in a variety of ways and is a great way to add a personal touch to the project. After going through the installation process to add a window you can now infuse a creative touch to the opening. One of the most common ways to do this is with a combination of finished hardwoods and molding such as pine or oak. Another way you can finish the window, especially if it's located in a kitchen wall, is with a section of countertop. By matching the style with that of your existing kitchen countertops, you can create a serving area. If you make the opening large enough, all you need is a few stools and you've got a custom breakfast bar.

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