There is an outbuilding on the property I'm buying that appears to be made of cinderblock. at some point in the recent past, it looks like somebody attached a bunch of metal siding to the outside, and in the process they closed off a bunch of doors and windows.
I'd like to turn those back into doors and windows.
Clearly I'll have to remove some of the metal siding to do so. However, I'm unclear on how to do this. For example:
- What kind of hand or power tools will I need to use to cut doorway holes and window holes out of the siding?
- What processes or specific steps will I undertake to use those tools to cut those holes?
- Will I need to take the siding off of the building before cutting it, or can I cut it while it's attached to the building?
- Will I approach the cuts from the interior, or the exterior?
- If from the interior, what do I do about the windows where there is glass between the interior and the siding?
- There appear to be bits of wood stuck between the siding and cinderblock. Do those require special attention? Are they structural? Can they simply be cut through using the same tools and processes as the metal siding?
- After I cut a hole through the metal siding, is there anything I need to add around the edges of the hole for aesthetics, for safety (in case the metal is sharp), for water retardation, or for air sealing?
Pictured below: a shot of one of the closed-off doorways from the interior, and a shot of one of the left-open doorways from the exterior.