I have a 1929 Dutch Colonial in the Detroit area, and would love convert a little-used room behind my garage into a mudroom. Doing so would entail a new doorway through the back of the garage into this room.
After doing some investigation, I realized that rather than brick veneer and wood framing, the wall consists of 3 courses of brick. No wood. There is a second story above the area.
I'm going to hire someone for the project, but want to make sure it's done right.
1. Is a mason alone qualifed to do this?
2. What manner of lintel do you suggest?
3. Elsewhere the house has a steel door through brick without wood framing. Could I used this approach in this application?
A good mason contractor should be qualified to do the job. It will need reinforcement on the sides and top. A 1/2" steel 'L' beam should support the structure above. I do not recommend making the opening without side reinforcement of some type. The doorway you mention may have been built before codes.