Removal / raising of old wooden lintel to ceiling height

22 Feb 2017
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Good afternoon,

This is my first post on DIYnot :)

I live in a bungalow and am about to knock through from my old kitchen (which is becoming a bedroom) into the cloakroom toilet. I will then make a stud wall in the old kitchen to make the cloakroom big enough to fit a shower cubicle.

I have taken off the old plaster in the old kitchen and can see that this was once a doorway through. I really don't want there to be a door height divide between the new bathroom that I'm creating. I'm not a builder as you can tell, but I consider myself to be able to tackle most things with the right advice. here's my questions....

  • Can I simply just remove the bricks above it and then take out the lintel and replace it higher up at ceiling height?
  • Would it be better to buy a new lintel or can I re use it?
  • If not what's the best type to get?
  • Once I've cleared the way for a new lintel do I just make a cement mix and sit the new lintel on a blob of it and then re-brick around it?
I hope that you can see my photo attached.

Many thanks for your help.
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You already have a knock-through, with a lintel above, leading into the shed roof extension(?). This is a bearing wall.
The lintel is bearing on the column of brickwork to the right of the sealed up doorway.
The semi demolished wall is possibly a bearing wall?

Why dont you scan a rough sketch plan of whats existing and what you propose?

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