How to Build a New Doorway

knocking down a wall to create new doorway
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Sometimes a new doorway will be needed in a house, whether it is to connect an existing section of the house to a newly built extension, or is simply required to turn separate rooms into one larger space.

Unless you live in a listed building, planning permission will not be required, but it is still necessary to let Building Control know and they will, in all likelihood want to send a building inspector out (particularly if it’s a loadbearing wall you are dealing with). If the wall is loadbearing, and depending on the complexity of the job you are carrying out, a structural engineer may be required too. This will obviously add to costs.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.