Fill-in of removed window

no_clever_nameMarch 29, 2014

I have a 90+ year old brick house (traditional center hall colonial). When my kitchen was renovated a while back, a relatively useless window in the corner was removed in order to extend the run of the upper cabinets. I am finally trying to get the outside space where the window used to be filled in, and am at a loss. I have been told by several contractors that due to the age of the house, it will be impossible to truly match the brick (color and size are slightly different from new bricks), and I don't want something that would look like a bad patch job. I'm told a common trick is to replace the window, but paint it black inside - I don't like that idea in the least. I don't think it will be possible to disguise the fact that a window used to be there, so I'd like to play that up with a decorative element of some sort (I was thinking of some design with tile), but the size and placement makes that a bit iffy. It was a smallish window (maybe 2x3-1/2? - don't have the dimensions handy). but it's still a good-sized space to fill in. Anyone have any creative ideas?? Thanks for any input!

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a common trick is to replace the window, but paint it black inside

Not a "trick" but a way to retain the original look when you can't match the old bricks.

Sometimes I can't even find ten-year old bricks. Keep an eye out for local demolitions.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 1:38PM
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You could replace the window after painting a trompe l'oeil of curtains, etc. on the inside of the glass.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 1:52PM
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If you still have the frame in place, buy wood shutters and fit them in the window in the "closed" position. This is more convincing if the rest of the house has shutters. It's a traditional way to hide "blind" windows in facades. A blind window is sometimes called for to maintain symmetry, but an actual window opening is impossible due to issues on the interior.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 3:08PM
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I Googled on " faux exterior windows " and got dozens of images of good candidates ideas ...


    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 6:41PM
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You could have enough matching brick carefully removed and cleaned from a more inconspicuous area, say behind a bush near the foundation, and have the replacements installed there.

You'll have to pay for a mortar analysis also. You don't want to go through all this trouble and expense and then not have that match either.

Expensive, but your problem will disappear in a few years of weathering.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 12:45PM
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Thank you all for your responses! (Had a very busy week and could not check for responses until now.) I really appreciate the variety of responses, but I'm afraid most of them won't work for one reason or another. (I will say I was particularly intrigued with the idea of moving brick from a less visible area of the house, but I think that is likely to cost more than I'm prepared to spend.)

Since I posted, I've spoken with a local architect who has lived and worked in this area for a long time, and I think we have a solution that should be reasonably attractive and not outrageously expensive. There is a large wood or stucco (you'd think I'd know that after living here so long...!) "bay" area on the outside of the dining room, on the same wall as "the window that was." The thought is to take off on that idea, probably re-frame the window area in some fashion, and fill in the window with a material similar to the bay. Then 2-3 decorative medallions would be placed in that area. This was actually my original idea, inspired by a decorative plaster frieze over the front door, but I couldn't find a medallion or other decorative element that was proportioned properly for the space; however, the architect was able to find a source with a couple designs that will fit the character of the house.

Thank you again for taking the time to share your creativity with me!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 6:41PM
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I hope you will post a pic of the finished project. I'd love to see it.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 8:42PM
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