window in brick basement wall

volvo_85August 18, 2009

Hi everyone, I live in a raised ranch house with a basement. One side of the front of house is almost entirely above ground and I have always wanted to put windows in the lower front of house under the two existing windows on that side of house. It would give me more light and ventilation on the unfinished side of basement that contains laundry and storage although I would like to put in a bath that does not require ripping up floor. Has anyone on the forum ever done this. The house is brick and siding and the walls that would need to be ripped through are brick. How expensive and would a brick mason or carpenter to do this? House is 42 years old. Anyone with pictures of raised ranch with windows up and down on front. Volvo

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For brickwork, you should get a mason. A properly-sized steel header will do the trick. I've done this several times. If you're doing more than one, you might want to consult an engineer or your local building department.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2009 at 8:31PM
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volvo_85

Thanks for the reply worthy, I wiil follow your advice. Volvo

    Bookmark   August 19, 2009 at 5:51PM
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