04:16PM | 01/11/05
Member Since: 01/10/05
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WE are redoing our kitchen and would like to open it up to the livingroom. we live in a ramble style home, it has a main wall all

of the way threw the center of the home we have 2 hide away doors on each side of the living area that goes to the kitchen my ? is can we take out the section of wall between the 2 doors? and still be safe?

Home has this main level-basement and attic(crawlspace) above.

Thank you



03:08AM | 01/19/05
Member Since: 01/28/01
171 lifetime posts
here's my thoughts (remember you're getting what you've paid for).

If the two doors are pocket doors, they disappear into the standard thickness walls. In that case, the door is framed like a sliding glass door. The sliding part covers the door opening and the fixed side is the wall where the door disappears. There are vertical supports (double or triple studs) at both sides of the door opening. Between the door openings, the wall is probably standard studs.

You'll have to add a stronger header if you remove the supporting studs. I think you'll have to leave the supporting posts where the doors are framed. Maybe take out the doors including the pocket and have three arches. Or have a pass through or bar at the center panel.

What about wiring and plumbing? You'll lose outlets on that wall. Check from the basement underneath for wires and pipes coming out.


01:23PM | 01/20/05
Member Since: 01/10/05
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You are right about the two pocket doors

on the kitchen side of the room there is

about 1ft ida know what you call them but a

built in square all around the room, the cabinets are hung right below them.

I would like to keep this and cut a hole or what ever and have like you said a half bar/counter to put stools plus open the room

up to the south to let the light in as well.

So.. could I just frame in a portion,and leave the two pocket doors as they are. without my house falling in hah

Thanks a bunch

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