I had a friend and blog reader contact me yesterday about an issue she has with the house and she and her husband are currently remodeling. Her question stumped me, so I offered to present the issue to all of you to see if one of you might have a brilliant suggestion for her!
Karen wrote to me yesterday after reading my last blog post to get more info on how I closed up the window on the right side of the guest bedroom, and how we handled the exterior after closing up that window.
If you missed those details, here’s the quick recap of how we closed up our window and handled it on the exterior.
On our house, the solution was pretty straightforward. The window we closed up was on the side of an area that juts out from the front of the house, but the window was on the side and wasn’t really visible from the front of the house.
That view now looks like this, with the window closed up and a closet in that space…
Th exterior of our house in that area is stone, so removing that window left a big hole in the stone…
So we had two stonemasons use some of our leftover stone (that we saved after having it removed from another area) to fill in that hole…
And then after I pressure washed, primed, and painted that stone, it blended right in. You’d never know there was a window there.
So having been through this process myself, I assure Karen that she could absolutely remove a window, fill it in with brick, and it would work out perfectly! Then she sent me pictures, and I realized that her situation isn’t quite as straightforward as mine.
Karen and her husband have been working hard on the remodel of the interior of the house, and they’re about to tackle the exterior. Here’s how the house looks right now…
And the window in question is the one on the far left…
And for context, here’s the other end of the house. There’s a carport, an open area, and then a separate little apartment on the far right that they plan to turn into an office.
They weren’t able to add on to the back of the house in order to add on rooms that they needed because of the placement of the septic system. So they had to work with the original footprint of the house and reconfigure the existing rooms.
They combined two bedrooms, took out the tiny master bath, and turned that area into a master suite with a large bedroom, master bathroom, and walk-in closet. The problem is that front left window is now split between the shower in the master bathroom and the master closet. So the entire window isn’t even just in one room, which makes it even more of a challenge.
The entire exterior will eventually be painted Repose Gray to make everything cohesive, but Karen would like to decide how to handle this window first.
So if this were yours, how would you handle it? Keep the window for the exterior symmetry, but just drywall right over it on the interior? And if you do that, what do you do about the view through the window?
Or would you toss the symmetry aside, brick over it, and handle it a different way? And if you do that, do you sacrifice symmetry? Or is there another way you can think of to preserve that symmetry?
If you have any ideas that may help Karen solve this problem, please share!