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How to Convert a Window to a Door: Interior Demolition

Weekend Remodeling host Fuad Reveiz demonstrates how to transform an existing set of windows into a beautiful new entryway. Fuad begins the project by clearing and preparing the room, and removing the window.

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transform existing set of windows into entryway
  • Time

    Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard

Highlights:

Step 1: Choose the Door

The first order of business is determining what type of door to install. Drawing a layout of the new entryway will help you figure out what designs look the best, but since there are literally hundreds of choices, drawing them all by hand may not be practical. For projects like this, you may want to consider using one of the computer programs on the market that can change out multiple images of doorway styles at the press of a button. These software programs can make the task of choosing a design quick and easy, and it can give you a good idea of what the finished project will look like.

Step 2: Prep the Room

Begin by removing all of the furniture in the room. A mess will be created during this project, so everything must be removed from the room.

Tip: It's always a good idea to consult an architect or a structural engineer before starting any large-scale structural changes to your home.

Once the room is cleared, it's time to remove the window blinds or shades and valance.

Step 3: Remove the Trim and Baseboard

Prepare the trim around the windows by scoring the paint with a utility knife where the trim meets the wall (Image 1) and in the 45-degree corners as well. This makes removing the molding with a pry bar much easier.

Pry the top piece off and then the sides.

Note: Be careful not to damage the wall too much, since you'll want as little repair work as possible.

To remove the baseboard also score along the top and in the corners (Image 2). Since the board is mitered in the corners, cut it in the middle with a reciprocating saw and then pull it loose with a pry bar. Now it can be removed by lifting up and pulling it out.

Note: You'll want to keep the baseboard in good condition because you'll reuse it after the door goes in.

Step 4: Cut the Drywall and Remove the Insulation

Next, mark the wall on both sides of the window using a level, and then cut the drywall with a utility knife. After that bust it up to get started, and then you can pull it off in a couple of large pieces.

Now the insulation comes out.

cut the drywall

Step 5: Remove the Outlet and Wires

Since the outlet won't be needed anymore, Fuad checked to make sure the power was off and then removed the plug and the box.

Push the wires through the floor into the basement where they'll be joined together in a junction box where you can get to them.

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