I have a basement window that I want to close up. It gives no light as
it is under the deck and is basically useless. I want to basically lay in
insulation and put a piece of plywood over the window frame and then match
the stucco on the outside. I then want to go inside and frame and gyprock
it...mud it, sand and paint it. I took photos of the window in question and
can be seen here.:
Question I have is...do I actually have to take the whole window out
before going over it? I'm thinking the glass would make a good vapor
barrier. The window frame is also encased in the cement foundation. I would
just like to know roughly how much should I tear out before putting in the
new studs, insulation, etc.... Thanks...Jim
If they window is under the deck, why worry about finishing it to match
the existing stucco?
Before you start I would suggest checking your local building codes. It
may require that the window stay as it is. Worse yet, it may require that
any deck blocking it be removed. I am guessing the second issue will not be
Local codes may require it to be there to provide ventilation.
I believe you, but I can't understand how a window can provide no light
can still be seen, and if it can't been seen, why you need to worry about
Sorry I can't offer any good ideas, I have never worked in stucco, of
any of the three basic flavors. I suspect the answer to your question may
depend on what kind of stucco you have.
They may have a given number and size of windows depending on the size
and shape and use of your basement.
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Consider removing the entire window and filling the outer opening with 4 x 8 x
16" cement blocks set on edge as a proper base for the stucco. That will leave
4" or so for framing and insulation to finish off the interior, assuming the
usual 8" wide foundation wall. The blocks can be sized for the opening with a
circular saw and one of your box store's Chinese bargain diamond blades. Or you
could rent a saw, of course. Ordinary brick would do as well but require a
little more work. Tapcons can anchor your new framing to the masonry very
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