We are finishing our basement and would like to install 4 new hopper windows onto the front side of the house. My question is what is the largest reasonably sized window that can be cut from the concrete without degrading the integrity of the house, assuming that 4 windows are being added to the front of the house, one under each first floor window (new basement windows would be no wider than the existing 1st floor windows).
When we laid out approximately where the windows would go (underneath each of the 1st floor windows) and used the width of the existing hopper windows we have (32"), they all span 2 joists. Reducing the width of the window results in only 1 of the 3 spanning 2 joists.
An idea I came across is the possibility of adding something like a steel angle bar that could be inserted to replace the wood sill and overlap onto the concrete by 8 to 10 inches. The steel angle bar of beam would support the joists and everything above them and the concrete would support the angle bar/beam.
Any thoughts on this idea or any other suggestions so that we do not compromise the structural integrity of the house, but maximize the window size.