I have a window in my kitchen that connects to a semi-enclosed
porch....the porch used to be a car port. I can see nothing out the
window except the side of my garage. I now want to put cabinets on
the wall the contains the window, so I'd like to get rid of it. The
exterior wall is brick, so I'd need some way to wall up that opening.
It's on the interior of the semi-enclosed porch, so it doesn't have to
be flawless. I have this image in my head of windows containing some
sort of concrete slabs that contain cast images....have I seen this in
garden brick walls? I'm thinking this sort of thing might be easier
than trying to brick up the opening with bricks that may not match the
existing brickwork. Any hints on what to Google for would be
Any enclosed spaces such as a faux window area will become a home for
bugs and such. I'd remove the window completely, then line the rough
opening with pretty 2x stock that you can paint to match the house trim.
I'd put plywood on the inside, then a layer of foam board for
insulation, then another layer of pretty plywood. I'd build some
weatherproof shelves on the porch side.You can even kerf the 2x side
rails for 2x shelves, that can stick out a few inches if you round off
the corners. No matter what you do, it is gonna look like a plugged-up
window, but something useful like shelves will make it look acceptable.
Or, you can find some local artisan to make you a custom-sized wall
hanging out of concrete or whatever, that mounts directly to the 2x side
rails. But make sure there are no little nooks and crannies where
stinging things can set up housekeeping- wasps and bees love spaces like
Many communities have outlets (stores?) specializing in cast concrete
artifacts for garden walls, yards, whatever. Pay them a visit and you
could get lucky and find that they have something in the yard that
would work nicely, or some ideas that previous buyers have requested.
The ones in our area are quite clever and have hundreds of molds for
all manner of concrete art work. The result should look like something
that was planned that way, not a cover up. It won't be necessary to
match any brick, so a stone surround for the opening would be most
acceptable with a cast artifact in the center. No special masonry
skills are need, just a bit of careful work.
Once closed off, dealing with the interior should be easy as suggested
In the situation you described I would simply take out the window, frame up
the opening, use drywall on the inside and your choice of siding on the
I would not try to hide it from the outside. There was once a window there
and now it is no more. Another approach other than the siding is to find
shutters that fill the opening or buy them custom made. Then it looks like
a shuttered window. Architects often do this for balance on the exterior
where no window ever really existed.
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I would finish the inside like the rest of the walls behind the
existing cabinets. I would finish the remaining of the opening neatly
and then fill it with shelves, Or, you could finish the porch side
with glass bricks, but the shelves could be very useful.
Call up the local building inspector.
I think the window code restrictions mostly relate to escaping a burning
bedroom, but it never hurts to ask.
The time to be surprised by some rule is BEFORE you do it.
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