TheFogueAbode
TheFogueAbode
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How We Converted a Window Into a Door

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We had this room off of our garage that didn't have the best of access. This was an ideal spot for an entertainment type room (man cave if you asked my husband) but before we could consider that, we needed to give it easier access from the house. The good news is that this room had a couple of windows and one of those windows would make the perfect spot for a door. Job half done, right? Click here to see

how we converted a window into a door

1 | DEMO


We began this demolition by carefully removing the exterior casing trim around the window. We didn’t want to mess up the siding so we took a little extra care here. Along the casing on the inside, we used a reciprocating saw to cut the nails and free the window casing from the studs. After that, the window slid right out.

how we converted a window into a door

2 | CUT OUT THE DOOR CASING


Before we did any cutting, we removed the electrical wiring in the doors path. Using our saw, we cut through the siding first and then the interior studs.

how we converted a window into a door

3 | INSTALLING THE PRE-HUNG DOOR


We purchased a pre-framed door through our home improvement center. To help it fit snugly in the window opening, we added a few pieces of 2x4s and 1x4s. Then we just nailed it into place with a finishing brad gun.

how we converted a window into a door

4 | FINISHING TOUCHES


To finish off the project, we installed a keyless deadbolt and door knob and installed new trimming around the door.

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  • Sandra
    on Nov 6, 2018

    How did you cover the area around the door, where the window was wider than the door is, that was left uncovered/un-sided?

    • TheFogueAbode
      on Nov 6, 2018

      Hi Sandra, we haven't yet tackled that yet. But the plan is to use a 1x6 to frame it out and then we also purchased trim that will connect the two and cover the holes up.

  • Vickie Hall
    on Nov 21, 2018

    I am wondering if there is any need for a new header where the window was?

  • Tonia
    on Dec 1, 2018

    Wanted an after pic. Also what about wiring?

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  • Katelyn
    on Nov 4, 2018

    Great job!!

  • Heje
    on Nov 5, 2018

    Very clever and a good job and made me go to your blog. The trim with 1X6s must be unique and gives it a "barnish" feel. It would be nice to see the final project added to the blog.

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