"Tony Gent" wrote
| Thanks for all your advice. I think I will put in a second side door
| and block the up n over door form the inside.
| What nobody knows wont hurt um eh.
You'll need Building Regs approval for the new opening for the side door.
You could replace the up and over door with a pair of timber side-hung
doors, draughtproofed and well insulated but still openable for getting big
stuff in and out, and have a small door inset into one of the big doors for
Several years ago I rang up the council building control to ask about
putting a side door in a brickbuilt garage. Their reply was along the lines
"Yes, in theory this is a structural alteration, but it is too trivial for
us to bother with - just go and do it - we are not interested"
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It should be fine if you just do it, it's just a garage/workshop
anyway (although why people'd want to keep a wet, salty car in
their workshops beats me).
I removed an up'n'over steel door from my garage (mind your *fingers*
on the *spring*, Malcom!), and the partition built as above. This
gave me an extra metre of space, worth having, *and* meant a
considerable reduction in draughts and in-blown water. The construction
involved removing the door as above, and the two concrete uprights.
I laid a 4x2 about 1" off the (uneven) concrete floor, and constructed
studwork off this to another 4x2 under the concrete lintel that ran
above the up'n'over. A 6' x 30" door with two locks is on one side,
a square window above work bench height on the other. I inserted a
DPM under the base plate, and packed in mortar (sharp/cement/
waterproofer). Facing is 1/2" Sterling board overlaid with horizontal
feather edge. Great! No leaks, or draughts, or condensation!
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