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    Question Framing a new window in existing brick veneer wall

    Hi folks,

    I'm aiming to put a 920x420 window into an existing brick veneer wall. I've opened up the plaster (hole is approx 6mm larger than window all around) to take a look, and I see I have a stud in the way. Would what I propose for framing the window be structurally suitable?

    The window location is at the very top of a small set of steps leading to a master bedroom approx 1m above the slab (is an addition to the house). The window placement is so high because on the other side of the brick there is a roofline abutment - so the window needs to be above this.

    Here's a video of the current situation: https://imgur.com/bsuhv8O

    This photo shows the location of the existing framing (drawn in brown):

    window-frame-current.jpg


    This photo shows my proposed framing for the window (new timber in green):
    window-frame-proposed.jpg

    Does this look OK? I could even triple the added vertical/jambs if that would be better.

    Thanks in advance for your expertise.

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    Your roof trusses are supported by that wall plus any opening in the bricks will need a lintel. You may be out of your depth.

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    Yes, the trusses sit on the top plate. It's brick veneer, so there's no load on the brick. I could add a lintel - there's only one course above the proposed window jamb so the lintel's function would only be to support one course of rebricking

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    FYI This is technically a structural change and would need to go through council (or private building surveyor).

    On the other hand if a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it...just make sure you add enough support to pick up the load taken by the previous stud.

    As mentioned above, will need a lintel to support the top row of bricks - if you put them back.

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    You haven't accounted for the stud you are removing surely? Noggins aren't designed for taking load like you're proposing.

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