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Removing 2x internal walls within a flat rear extension

Discussion in 'Building' started by Joseph Allen-Aldus, 24 Sep 2021.

  1. Joseph Allen-Aldus

    Joseph Allen-Aldus

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    We are in the process of removing two door frames from the highlighted area in the floor plans and pictures. As far as we are aware it is not load bearing and nothing is above it.

    The rear one storey extension itself is solid brick build and around 50-60 years old. The main part of the house was built in 1900s.

    In the past it was used as two separate doorways coming off a small hallway, that lead onto a separate WC/boiler room and the main bathroom. One of the walls has since been turned into a stud wall made from the original door that has not been removed. The other door is still there and continues into the bathroom. Blockwork runs along the top of the doorframe and brickwork along the edge coming down. It is currently housed by switches etc as was covered by a cupboard in the past.

    I would like to know if the old door frame/now stud wall and other door can be removed without the need for building regs. And if it does need regs, what are the next steps?

    The reason for removing the doors means the bathroom can be made larger, we also thought about potentially housing our washing machine and tumble dryer in them but wanted to know what we can and can't do..

    As it's not supporting anything above I wanted to ask what your thoughts were, is it as simple as demolishing it?
     

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    There used to be a regulation that meant two doors were required between a bathroom/loo and a kitchen. This may explain why there is an extra and unneeded wall.
    This regulation has long since been relaxed.
     
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    Ah fantastic! That's great to know, so it should be a fair simple job in that case. Any advice on the best way to remove the brickwork/doors?
     
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    Unscrew the door hinges and remove the door.
    Find the screws/nails holding the frame (possibly under the batons) and remove the frame.
    Careful because if there's no lintel the blocks above the door might fall.
    Score the corners deeply so not to damage the plaster that you want to retain.
    Then sledgehammer if masonry or saw and crowbar if studwall.
     
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