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Door height seems a bit low
I have two doors with head clearance of just under six feet five inches. The other doors in my house are a good six feet six inches. I think they look a bit low. Can they be easily fixed? Or would it be too complex to be worth it? Thank you to those who have answered my original question. I made a silly mistake when asking. Apologies. One of the doors is in a solid single block wall. Thank you again.
2 Answers from MyBuilder Conversion Specialists
The average height of doors in England and Wales is 6'6". Therefore 6'5" is a little low but I wouldn't bother with the work for the sake of an inch. Some houses have metric doors which are taller 6'.692913" dont work in imperial 2040mm.
Back to the original question; if it's a new stud wall with plasterboard then it's a straight forward job. If it's an older wall (with lath and plaster) you could be opening a can of worms!
Answered 1st Mar 2020
I agree with KMC Construction with regard to doing the work for the sake of an inch or so?! And I also agree that a lathe and plaster wall will create a few more issues, but nothing that couldn’t be reasonably easily rectified.
The door in the masonry wall would need investigating above the lining... what I mean to say is that if the door lining is already sat tight to a lintel, it’s certainly not worth the cost or effort of raising lintel and block work to gain the extra inch!
It could have been an error in setting the lintel height? If the lintel was set at 6’6”, then given that a standard door lining is between 27-30mm thick, that would leave you with a door of just under 6’5”!
If it is simply a case that at some point historically the doors and linings have been replaced but cut short then it would be an easy fix...
Again, I agree with KMC about all their points raised, but a preliminary survey would have to be undertaken to ascertain what scope of works would need to take place, and how the cost compares to the relatively tiny visual and aesthetic difference it would make?
It is a relatively easy job to achieve what you are after...
You would have to replace both door linings, which will obviously involve cutting into the stud walls that are in situ and creating a bigger aperture to allow installation of standard size lining. It would then be a simple job of hanging some new, standard height doors and making good around the lining with architrave and caulking in. There will also be a small amount of decorating work around the area to return it to a worthy finished standard.
The cost would be entirely dependant on the style and quality of materials chosen for your desired finish?
It is not a complex job at all, it will just require a bit of finesse and maybe 1.5-2 days to finish everything to an acceptable standard including decorating and making good.
I hope this helps?
Answered 1st Mar 2020
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