Have you ever wondered what your living room would be like with french doors instead of your bay window? Do you want a comfortable indoor/outdoor space that is perfect for entertaining? Converting your window into a new door opening is easier than you might think and it can be more economical than knocking a hole in your exterior wall. However, there are several things homeowners often overlook and do not consider when budgeting a window to door conversion.
1. Extra Light & Extra Heat.
If you are replacing your window with french doors or glass paneled sliders, your essentially creating a larger opening for light to enter. Where there is more light, there is generally going to be more heat. This can be especially bad during the summer months and can cause your utility bills to increase. If this is going to be an issue, it’s important to price out doors with energy efficient glass panels. These will typically cost more than your standard windows.
2. Change in Your Furniture Layout.
Your favorite couch might be right in front of a window and located in the perfect. But if that window turns into a door, it’s probably going to be moved. Before construction begins, try arranging your furniture in a way that would make sense if that window was a door. You may be surprised how things to turn out!
3. Doors Need Covering.
Ever notice there’s usually a porch at the front door entrance, and a patio in the backyard for sliding doors? That’s to protect your home form the outdoor elements. Doors are typically not sealed as tightly as windows. You may notice there is a small opening at the bottom of your doors. Although it may seem air tight, it’s very easy for water to seep underneath the doorway during a rainstorm. If where you’re planning to add a door does not currently have a covering, you may want to seriously consider adding one. This can definitely increase unwanted costs to your window replacement project.
4. Floor Transitions.
If you are in love with your new wooden floors, hopefully you have some spare located in the garage or attic. Since there will be construction near the floor, there is a high probability that your floor may incur some damage. Also, you may want some T strips for a natural looking transition.
5. You Need Light Switches.
There’s no way around this one. According to code, every doorway needs a light switch within 6-10 inches from the door jamb. If you don’t have one, this is a cost you will have to include into your budget.