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Old 11-17-2019, 12:37 PM
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We have a room with a tiny window up near the ceiling. So the room is dark.

Has anyone in the Villages had a new window punched into a wall? I understand about load bearing walls, and the Architectural Review Board, etc.

Just want to know if anyone has ever done it, and if so who did it? How much did it cost? Any problems with ARB, etc.

Forgot to mention: the house is stucco.

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Old 11-17-2019, 01:11 PM
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When we upgraded our lanai windows, fire codes changed and we had to have a secondary exit (aside from the slider into the lanai) from the bedroom, which meant a window where there had been none.

It cost us about $700, and Brian Terry Vinyl had it done for us. I will say that the worker who did it failed to pass the inspection twice, and the supervisor had to come out and do it correctly. Don’t know if they were employees of Brian Terry or subs. Also, the cost may have been less because it was part of a bigger project (?). This was about 4-5 years ago.
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Old 11-17-2019, 03:24 PM
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We had neighbors who added a window for the same reason as Bjeanj. They used Custom Windows in Leesburg. They had no problems with the window but I don't know the cost.
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Old 11-17-2019, 04:19 PM
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We have a room with a tiny window up near the ceiling. So the room is dark.

Has anyone in the Villages had a new window punched into a wall? I understand about load bearing walls, and the Architectural Review Board, etc.

Just want to know if anyone has ever done it, and if so who did it? How much did it cost? Any problems with ARB, etc.
The type of construction (poured concrete, block, or wood) will make a big difference in cost I am sure, our guest bathroom has a narrow glass block window, that i would really like to be 2 rows high. We have a block style house, I am going to follow and see what the replies are.
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Old 11-17-2019, 05:38 PM
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Have you considered a solar tube?
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Old 11-17-2019, 05:49 PM
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Have you considered a solar tube?
Good idea .... worked great for us. They run $600-750+ plus you get a Federal solar credit with them if you add the "solar nightlight" kit Solar Guys (not sure of the others) sells for $50. Problem is, if it's cloudy the room is still dark. Every time I go into our hallway I yell at my wife for leaving the light on.
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Old 11-17-2019, 06:13 PM
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Good idea .... worked great for us. They run $600-750+ plus you get a Federal solar credit with them if you add the "solar nightlight" kit Solar Guys (not sure of the others) sells for $50. Problem is, if it's cloudy the room is still dark. Every time I go into our hallway I yell at my wife for leaving the light on.
Leaving a LED lamps on all the time would be the most cost effective solution, you're wife is very wise
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Old 11-17-2019, 06:56 PM
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The type of construction (poured concrete, block, or wood) will make a big difference in cost I am sure, our guest bathroom has a narrow glass block window, that i would really like to be 2 rows high. We have a block style house, I am going to follow and see what the replies are.
Village tinker is right; I didn’t think to mention ours is frame with siding. I’m sure that makes a huge difference.
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Bjeanj, I did exactly what you want to do on 7 or 8 windows up North. The house had the old single pane aluminum frame windows. I bought standard size replacement windows, which were the exact same width, but about 6 inches longer. I use a reciprocating saw and was able to cut out the exiting windows (aluminum siding), and then cut the additional opening for the new windows. Since I did not cut the original header, all I had to do was install a new lower 2 by for the window support. I added insulation before installing the 2 by and then the window. "J" channel was used to finish the outside siding. The inside was finished with 1/2 inch trim boards and suitable molding. The estimate I had was over $500 per window installed, my cost was less than $150 per window. The cost savings was I used standard size windows and adjusted the opening, custom windows were much more expensive.
Send me a PM with your phone number if you would like to discuss further.
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Old 11-18-2019, 04:46 AM
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Following. Hoping someone will come up with good info.
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