I need to add a bigger window to my ground floor bathroom. I'm handy with hammers and saws, but concerned about keeping a window installation weather tight here in Anchorage, AK. Do I need a contractor, and would they do such a small job?
William C. ~ Anchorage, Alaska
Adding a larger window is one of the more complicated small jobs. If you are handy but have no hands-on experience with framing, waterproof flashing, exterior trim, insulation, window installation, sheetrock and painting, hire a contractor for the first one and then try the second one yourself.
Before you start anything, make sure you understand the structural ramifications of this change and have your local building department tell you the rules and requirements for changing this window.
If your window grows, it can mean changing to a tempered glass window. Or if it changes the sill height, it could affect ingress and egress. To answer the second part of your question, yes a contractor should be happy to undertake your window job.