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Old 02-21-2012, 02:18 PM   #1
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Widening existing laundry area door opening


My current washer/dryer sit in a recessed area with a set of bifold doors that are closed when the w/d are not in use. The framed opening is 60"w x 80"h. When the bifold doors are open the opening is reduced to 50" (the combined width of the folded doors). I am going to replace the w/d with front loaders on top of pedestals with drawers. As I need a minimum opening of 54" when the bifold doors are open so the drawers will clear the opening when pulled out, the current opening needs to be enlarged. I have enough room to widen 3" on each side, which will increase the framed opening to 66" and approximately 56" when new 28" bifolds are installed. this will give me about 1" of clearance on each side, close, but I think the 3" on each side is about all I could get. I also need to increase the depth by 2", most of which I could do by bringing the top rail out (1 1/2") and then could use another 1/2 " to be safe. This is an inside wall and the top of the opeining will not be changed. Potential issues, suggestions?

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is the wall load bearing supporting 2 nd floor or roof

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is the wall load bearing supporting 2 nd floor or roof
No. On 2nd of 3 floors. Believe back wall of laundry area is load bearing but do not plan on doing anything to that. The laundry opening is off a hall with halls perpendicular at either end so the wall/area that I would be expanding ends at the 2 hall openings. Essentially,the laundry area, along wiith a separate closet shares the back of the living room wall. I was just going to remove the trim/wallboard and move/replace the studs that frame the current opening.
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as long as you are sure sounds like you have looked into it
if removing studs just make sure they do not support a header above door
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Sounds good to me, also. Once you widen the opening you could probably just make a new stud wall in front of the opening with new head framing, since you want extra depth, then drywall it all back to new again.
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