Further to previous question about double door locking mechanisms, a further
question comes to mind.
Currently undergoing drastic renovation of the two reception rooms. New
floor, etc etc, lots of mess.
SWMBO would like if possible for me to widen the current internal double
doors - they're 30" each, and about 4" too narrow to push one of the sofas
back flush against them when they're closed. "Surely it's just a simple
job" she says.... aaagh.
Anyway, I'm indifferent. If it's straightforward I'll gladly do it.
Non-standard bifold doors are going to be expensive to have made, but that's
her problem (she can pay for them!).
The house in question is your normal bog standard W London Edwardian
The wall used to be lath and plaster, still is in places. It is directly
below the 1st floor dividing wall between two bedrooms. There is a large
boxwork protrusion in the hallway that appears to conceal a meaty beam
between the two side walls of the house. I expect this is providing the
support for the 1st floor wall and all above.
Now, inside the internal wall there are fairly heafty vertical studs (or are
these the horizontal ones?) and of course I'd have to shift one a bit to the
right to be able to widen the door, or take it out altogether.
There is a wooden beam across the top of the door opening, this might need
to be lengthened.
Now, is this wall and it's constituent components likely to be structural?
What sort of pain am I likely to encounter if I embark upon this folly?
email me at
richard at olifant d-ot co do-t uk