Install an octagon window
Octagon windows are sold at window, lumber and home centers as fixed and opening units made of wood, aluminum and vinyl. A carpenter will charge $460 to install a 24-inch opening vinyl-clad unit with insulated glass, which includes the labor and the window. A handy homeowner with carpentry tools and experience can buy the unit for $160 and install it, pocketing a 65 percent saving. Don't tackle this job unless you are competent, because it requires cutting a hole in the siding of the house. And don't even think about doing it yourself if the house is made of brick or stone; definitely hire a contractor who has the tools and experience.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$460 -- $160 -- 7.2 -- 10.0 -- $300 -- 65 Percent
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