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lofar 05-04-2009 10:08 PM

Installing Door at end of hallway
First time poster here, long time lurker/browser. :)

I have a somewhat complicated floor plan in my house which basically boils down to having a single series of hallways with a single door leading to the master bedroom, bath, and laundry room. What I really want to do is place a door at the end of the hallway to the master bedroom so it can be seperated from the laundry and the rest of the house.

So what i'm looking at the end of this hallway looking into the bedroom I have a wall on the left which continues on into the bedroom, on the right the hallway/wall ends and opens up into the rest of the bedroom. At this point I want to install a left hand inswing door. Because of the stud layout on the left hand wall I will need to open up the drywall and install a either a 4x4 or either a couple of 2x4s attached to the existing framing/stud work to provide the rough framing for the door on the left side.

On the right side, because the wall ends where I plan on placing the door, there is already a stud in the appropriate place and assuming my plans for the left wall sound ok my real question comes in here. Can I simply attach a new stud for the rough framing of the door over the existing drywall on the right side? And the same applies to the header, can I build the header over the existing drywall? Removing the drywall in these two places is going to be a major pain because about half the width of what I would need to remove are metal drywall corners which would ultimately result in tearing up the paint and finish on the adjacent walls.

Thanks for any advice. :)

Scuba_Dave 05-04-2009 10:23 PM

It would be non-load bearing, no header required
You can simply screw studs into the drywall on each side as needed to frame this out

lofar 05-05-2009 11:23 AM

Thank you. :) I think i'll need to make some sort of makeshift header at least to be able to attach new drywall to, the doors in my house are standard 80" but the cieling in the hall is 10 feet.

Willie T 05-05-2009 11:47 AM

I'm with Dave on this. Don't mess with the drywall where you don't have to. Only thing might be the metal bead edging. It may cause a visible ridge in the header area if you bring the header down past where casing will cover the old edge. Then you'd have to remove it, and patch a strip of drywall.

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