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Question DetailsAsked on 8/1/2016

How much should it cost to create an opening and install a regular size door from my den to the backyard?

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Depends on whether going through normal wood frame studwall or concrete or brick foundation, if there is a step-up needed to the yard, whether there is already a concentrated load coming down over the doorway from above (say next higher level window or door headers located over where you want this door), etc.

Normal exterior door, at a location where it can go through a studwall with only 2 studs being taken out (and replaced with a header), commonly about $800-1500 depending on wall specifics and how expensive a door you use. Rarely as low as $500-800 with economy door without high superimposed load or single-story house.

If brick or stone walls, or having to cut through the top part of the foundation wall, commonly $250-750 more depending on whether structural or non-structural material.

Concrete wall (as opposed to normal concrete foundation) can run $500-1000 more in most cases, much more in some, especially if cutting into pre- or post-tensioned construction.

When you say "regular size door" - do you mean 30", 32", 36" ? For an exterior door like this I would go with a 36" minimum door for ease of moving furniture or appliances in/out in the future - would not involve any more structural work than a smaller door.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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