New Door In Exterior Wall
Helen Jennings wants to create a new door in the exterior wall of an ancient stone home in Holmbridge, West Yorkshire England!
Here's what she sent me:
"Do you think it would be possible to knock a doorway through this side external wall on the same level as the front door?
I'd also want to add a balcony and steps into the side garden.
Please tell me the correct way to do this."
Here's my answer to Helen:
You bet you can do this! I say that not knowing if there are any restrictions on altering an historic structure over there in England, but structurally it's very simple.
On top of any of your existing doors or windows on the exterior walls of this building the original builders installed lintels or beams that support a triangle of masonry over the opening.
Your new builder just has to do the same.
Adding the balcony and steps to the ground below is not an issue.
I'd recommend you get a good structural engineer and an architect involved that can help you preserve the look and character of this wonderful structure that's stood the test of time.