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Question DetailsAsked on 9/25/2013

What is a reasonable cost to extend a doorway?

We have a doorway housing a non-functioning pocket door between our kitchen and dining room that we'd like to extend. The doorway currently extends about 31.5" from our exterior wall, and on the kitchen side, abuts where our refrigerator sits. So that we can get a full size refrigerator in the space, we'd like to frame up the wall a few more inches on that side, and extend the doorway a few feet on the other. We'd like to finish it as an archway as well. How much should this reasonably cost? The doorway is not load bearing, and there is already a header in place that we'd be taking advantage of. We're also willing to do the demo ourselves.

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Which direction does the pocket door slide? Does it go behind the refrigerator or in the direction you'd like to move the opening? If it goes in the same direction as the opening you can leave the header as is and simply frame in the space once the pocket unit is removed. If not, that portion of the wall will have to be reframed. Your arch may be a little low using the existing header but it can be done as long as it springs from 6'-8" or higher. Even on non-load bearing walls it is a good idea to have a proper header. I've seen plenty of cracked walls as a result of lacking headers even though the walls were not load bearing in the sense of weight transfer from above. On the low end I'd expect the cost to come in around $800-1000 not counting paint work if the header can be saved as-is. More if there is more work to it. Also, the cost of doing business in your area will have an effect on the total cost. Insurance requirements, license fees, professional association fees, material costs, office labor fees, etc. all affect the cost of doing business as a contractor.

Todd Shell

Todd's Home Services

San Antonio, TX

Answered 6 years ago by Todd's Home Services

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