Replacing exterior door with a wall

mje113November 7, 2012

My new-to-me house is solid masonry, the walls are 2 courses of bricks over cinder block. The garage had been converted to a family room at some point. The garage doors were converted to large windows with bench seats on the inside and the non-window part of the openings are sided in stucco--no idea if it's over masonry or framing, but I'm guessing framing.

There is still an unneeded exterior door that I would like to replace with a window and a wall with a similar stucco finish to the two windows adjacent to it. I'm pretty handy and am confident that I can frame out the wall and window, however I'm not sure how to "attach" it to the brick opening. I know that masonry anchors can secure the framing to the brick but I am concerned about water intrusion. Would simply filling gaps with foam + caulk be sufficient? Should I leave a gap between the stucco and the brick itself, or would it be ok to stucco all the way to the brick?

The bottom of the door is very close to grade (part of the reason I want to get rid of it), so I'm even more concerned about water intrusion there. I am thinking about doing similar flashing to what I would use if I were simply replacing the door with another pre-hung door--and use all pressure treated lumber, however I'm just not sure if that's going to be sufficient.

As an alternative I suppose that I could use blocks to build up the wall, but there my experience level drops off so I'd rather frame.

Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Hard to be definitive without seeing the project, but, it sounds like an easy do. As for water proofing, there are many materials on the market, some of which could be fairly inexpensive. 8mm visqueen, bituthane, etc... like I said, many products on the market.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 1:34AM
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I would ask at your local building and or mason supply yard (not a HD, Lowes or any box store)for their recommendations about the affordable products they carry, get brochures and do a search on the internet for reviews and how the products work. As tj mentioned it should not be all that difficult of a project but you just need to make certain you weatherproof it properly.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 9:48AM
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This is clearly a job for an experienced professional. If you do it yourself you will end up doing it twice and wasting money.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 11:32AM
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Thanks for the advice everyone. Before deciding to take this on myself I did speak with two professionals. Professional #1 didn't really seem to understand what he was talking about--albeit he was a tempting choice since the quote was $600 + materials.

Professional #2 was just too expensive with his quote--which is why I began to think about doing it myself. That said, I did find a third contractor who I really like. Assuming his estimate fits my budget I think I will punt on this project and let him take the reigns.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 12:21PM
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Wow, you got football, horses and monarchs into the same sentence.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 7:33AM
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