Filling basement windows with concrete

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by GreenMonster, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    We have a veneer job to do, and there are a couple of basement windows located in area that would really look better if they weren't there. so, we're considering filling the windows and being able to veneer right over them.

    Anybody ever do anything like this? Any suggestions on the best way? I have a couple ideas, but I'd like some unsolicited input from someone else. In other words, I don't want to share my lousy ideas and screw up somebody elses good thought process

    Here is a pic of the area in question

  2. Mjh Excavating

    Mjh Excavating LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    I've just had a mason block them in. It was to raise the grade around the house in one area, parged over it. Worked fine.
  3. McKeeLand

    McKeeLand LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    Mark that looks like a block wall, i think just infilling them with concrete block and parging (don't know it that's spelled right?) over the outside would be just fine. what is on the inside, garage? we actually just got done doing it in brick on a old house this week.
  4. klkanders

    klkanders LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 849

    The area in question looks like a poured wall to me. The form lines are showing. I did something similar to my basement altho it was a block wall. You can just lay it up with block flush with the outside. Just get some shorter and half blocks as needed. Good Luck!
  5. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    Thanks, guys.

    Yes, it's a basement, and it is a poured foundation. I figured block would be easiest, but I thought also about using cement board, just in case, for whatever reason, someone decided they wanted the windows again after all.

    I don't think it's worth the effort though.
  6. McKeeLand

    McKeeLand LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    What kind of veneer are you doing on the house?
  7. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,174

    What about glass blocks to change the look toward the veneer? That way you still have some sunlight filtering into the basement. I know it's not what you asked for but it's a thought.
  8. iowa

    iowa LawnSite Senior Member
    from NW IA
    Messages: 305

    it would be really easy to fill with concrete.
  9. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    You or the homeowner need to check with the local building codes. You have to have so many sq. inches of window per Sq. ft of floor space below ground. Just like you are required to have so many electrical outlets per room and exterior lights at each exterior door. The city/county wants things the way they want them.

    This would not have any effect until your homeowner decides to sell or remodel the home then it will become an issue.
  10. EgansCountryGardens

    EgansCountryGardens LawnSite Member
    Male, from Plymouth, MA
    Messages: 165

    I would pull out the windows, frame in the windows with pressure treated 2 x 4's and install a durarock cementboard flush with the outside concrete. Put your veneer over it and call it a day. Then if you ever had to take it out you could. if the basement is finished insulate the framing and sheetrock.

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