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Just a moment of excitement there. Our latest project, The Barn, is officially underway. We had a few timing hurdles with Chris’ work schedule and my step-dad’s availability. He came down to help get us started with a few big projects that we weren’t 100% comfortable DIYing ourselves. Namely, the door.
Before any floors could be sealed or sheetrock hung, we had to relocate the door. The original door leads into the garage and honestly was a pain to get to. We had to store our kids’ stuff right in front of it. So to even get into the room we would have to back out the car and move the junk just to open the door. The room is actually located right off of our breezeway which is by the back entrance to our house. There is a small patio there which makes for a great entrance area. And will be much easier to access from the house.
There was an existing window where we wanted to place a door, problem half solved. We were lucky enough that the windows on our house were all rather tall. It ended up being a perfect match for the height of our door. If this isn’t the case for you, then you would have to adjust the supports for the load bearing wall. *womp, womp* I’m saying lucky us because all the supports were already in place.
Converting a Window into a Door
Guys, this project actually turned out a lot easier than I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we had the help from someone who knew what they were doing…step-dad to the rescue! Just how easy was here? Here is my step-by-step recap from an observers point of view.
1. Remove the window
We began this demolition by carefully removing the exterior casing trim around the window. We didn’t want to jack up the siding so we took a little extra care here. Along the casing on the inside, we used a reciprocating saw to cut the nails and free the window casing from the studs. After that, the window slid right out.
Because our interior was unfinished, we were able to identify and remove the electrical wires that ran beneath the window. Then it was on to creating the door opening.
2. Created a Rough Opening
Since we needed to expand the opening to the floor, we had to remove the siding and interior studs. Using the reciprocating saw the guys cut a straight line beneath the window frame on the inside of the stud. Then it was just the process of ripping everything out.
3. Install a Pre-Hung Door
We wanted to avoid the extra hassle of framing, so we purchased this prehung exterior door. To give this door a nice snug fit, we just added a few 2x4s and 1x4s to frame out the casing. The door frame slid right into place and we attached it using a finishing gun.
4. Add a Door Knob and Deadbolt
Yay, we have a door! Next, we had to install the doorknob and deadbolt. The room is detached from the main house meaning the new exterior door would be our only entrance. To avoid having to always bring a set of keys with us to get in, we purchased this keyless entry deadbolt + matching doorknob.
5. Finish with Trim
To finish out the door, we will trim the interior side with a standard door trim once the sheetrock is in place. For the exterior, we will use a few 1×6’s to create a nice chunky craftsman trim and top it with a header much like our interior window.
I’m so excited to have this project underway. If you had told me how easy it would be to convert a window to a door, maybe we would have started a little sooner!? It’s better to have help than to royally screw something up, which is probably what we would have done.
All photo credits for this post go to Chris 👏
Next up we will frame out the closet that we will be adding to this room. To stay up to date with our renovations of The Barn, make sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter. Not only are you getting my posts delivered straight to your inbox, but I have a handy-dandy checklist to help you add farmhouse charm to your space.