I want to take a moment and mention that if you like what I’m doing then check out my husband’s blog on Pescatarian Cooking, a food journey found at http://www.thehungrywhale.home.blog by Mike Casey.
My husband and I bought our home three years ago in the little city of New London, CT. Our city was a whaling city in its heyday, and like lots of little communities across America, the world has moved on to bigger and better. People tend to look down on communities such as this, but I’ve lived here for 4 years and I have to say, it’s a great place to live.
We have the beauty of the Thames River around us, and for a community we a family a mixed of diversity, classes and educational training! Our goal is to encourage others in surrounding communities to see the beauty in this city who also want to live in such a wonderful community.
Today, I want to share with you our solution to one of those nagging problems- how to eliminate a window in a house and make it look great, so here’s our take on this dilemma:
When renovating houses, sometimes it becomes necessary to eliminate windows to reconfigure the layout of rooms. I find this most often happens with kitchens. My hubby and I tend to work on older homes (this is our third home now), each house usually has older appliances, drop down ceiling hiding old pipes and broken plaster so often, that we have become accustomed to removing complete wall sections, remodeling the majority of a home.
We also tend to knock down a lot of walls to create open floor plans, but then you have even less wall space to work with to configure the cabinet arrangement. The good news is, since the walls are down, now the light from other rooms’ windows tend to light up the kitchen, so you can eliminate a window and there is still plenty of sunlight streaming in. In a later post I will update you on a kitchen remodel in Barn Wood Classic Inspiration.
Now, here’s the project; our home at one point had a simple outside patio off the back of the house, then as time passed it was converted into a three-season room. As more time passed the three-season room was further enclosed and insulated to make a year-round functional room. However, for some reason the old owners neglected to remove the windows. One was in our bathroom shower and the other was in our guest bedroom. We don’t have many guests stay over, so there was no rush to provide privacy, until more recent.
We took on the project to remodel the entire guest bedroom to have a country classic look. But that will be another post at some point.
Since we can’t go back and show you exactly how we did this, Mike was able to find some old images to help illustrate.
Here is the window we had to eliminated in our guest bedroom.
First measure the opening of the window and then mark and cut the drywall board to fit. Disclosure– the window opening was REALLY crooked, so we had four different measurements to get the drywall board to fit. Hopefully your house is much straighter than this old beauty.
Now here is the step you need to keep in mind. Your dry wall needs to be able to screw into a base, this will mean that you need to pre-measure the window opening hole, place a 2×4 beam on all four sides to act as anchors while leaving enough space that when you place your drywall (on each side) that it is smooth transition between the existing wall and the new wall panel.
We attached the 2×4 beams with screws just enough to hold in place. If you have joined us in the past, you also know we do not believe in throwing away everything, and instead we keep many things on hand that can be incorporated into the next project or craft idea. In this case the 2×4 beams were actually recovered from some old pallets we have recovered from a previous renovation. Keep in mind: They are only holding up a small piece of drywall, they are not holding up a weight bearing structural load.
Waste not, Want Not!
Here’s an overview of the window closed up on one side.
We then installed insulation over the drywall board and closed up the other end with that’s side drywall. Even though the insulation is not needed because it’s an inside wall, it was useful as a sound barrier for any guest who may stay over. Not everybody wants to hear through the walls as to what’s being watched on TV in the adjacent room.
Here’s what this window looks like from the guest bedroom now. Looks great, we just have to pick up some frames for the coastal pictures we took out at the local beach, and have them framed to fit the large wall space.