Is it possible to take down an exterior wall with a window?

Would love to expand the den out over a concrete patio, which is two steps down. On the wall that I would take down there is a double window and a single exterior door. Or other options for enlarging the den leaving the wall?

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  • Absolutely! But you need a licensed contractor and possibly an architect. The wall is obviously load bearing and the flooring height will need to be addressed. Permits will need to be pulled and inspectors scheduled. Here is a link on how go hire a contractor. Obtain at least 3 bids in writing before making a decision.

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    • First you need a plan and a rough blueprint before permits are issued. Your contractor needs to submit them for aporoval. So start interviewing contractors and let them know exactly what you want and need - be very specific, they can't read your mind - window placement, enough outlets for TV and electronic gadgets, cell phone chargers, lighting, exit door to yard or driveway, etc. Set a budget and stick to it. Come back to us at any time, we can help you through every phase of renovation. ☺
  • 2dogal 2dogal on Mar 18, 2018
    Be aware that you are asking to remove a load bearing wall - load meaning the roof. You need to do lots of extra work from installing a column or large beam to hold up the roof if you want to open up that area. Get a professional to talk with you about options.
  • Donna Gregory Donna Gregory on Mar 18, 2018
    The people who owned my house before me removed an exterior wall to expand the kitchen. We always have cracks in the wall and ceiling right where the addition is.
  • Brian Wilson Brian Wilson on Mar 18, 2018
    Don’t you think it would be a good idea to know what your doing first? Or maybe you could actually pay someone who does. It might be cheaper in the long run rather that having the roof falling down and killing someone.
  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Mar 18, 2018
    It is possible to extend your den. Keep in mind, to do it right, you don't build on top of the cement patio. That will have to be removed because it isn't thick enough. You will need proper footings and foundation to support the roof and walls. Don't worry about it being load bearing, you will be adding an A roof out of the back of your house. So, no more load on that area. That means that the roof for the addition will tie into the main roof, forming an A when you look at it from the outside.
    Find a good contractor. Shop around, check out websites like Angie's list, ask friends and family who they used and if they are satisfied with the work.
    It can be done, so good luck on your project.
  • William William on Mar 18, 2018
    Definitely Agree with everyone. Load bearing wall, can't extend over patio, Need footings, foundation, building codes, permits, inspections. You need a structural engineer, building contractor.
  • 27524803 27524803 on Mar 18, 2018 or are free services where you can get verified referrals... talk with several contractors and get several estimates... they will give you the best information on what needs to be done to get the results you want... and get it done the right way. If you do it yourself, and do it incorrectly... and you ever want to sell your house.... it may cost you a lot more... because if it was not permitted... you will have to tear it down... and make it back the way it is now... and you may have to pay a fine for not getting permits or having inspections.
  • Celia Celia on Mar 21, 2018
    Thank you. Yes, I know it's load bearing. So was the kitchen wall when we knocked it out and it did get a beam as well. Any other ideas on how to build out with a door and a double window?
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