Advice re converting window to french doors

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by Broadback, Jul 8, 2004.

  1. Broadback

    Broadback Guest

    I am thinking of converting a window into french doors. Is it simply a
    case of removing the bricks beneath the window (lintel above) then
    fitting french doors.

    Is planning permission and building regs involved?

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    Broadback, Jul 8, 2004
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    Owain Guest

    "Broadback" wrote
    | I am thinking of converting a window into french doors. Is it
    | simply a case of removing the bricks beneath the window (lintel
    | above) then fitting french doors.
    | Is planning permission and building regs involved?

    Planning permission probably not required, unless you require permission for
    altering a listed building or in a conservation area.

    Building regulations will be involved as you are creating a new
    entrance/exit and changing a window.

    Whether you can use the existing lintel depends, if your house is fairly
    modern the existing lintel is probably adequate. If you have an old house
    the lintel might not be up to modern standards. You will probably need to
    uncover sufficient of the structure to see what sort of lintel you have so
    the BCO can not in approval.

    Owain
     
    Owain, Jul 8, 2004
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    BillV Guest

    "Owain" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > "Broadback" wrote
    > | I am thinking of converting a window into french doors. Is it
    > | simply a case of removing the bricks beneath the window (lintel
    > | above) then fitting french doors.
    > | Is planning permission and building regs involved?
    >
    > Planning permission probably not required, unless you require permission

    for
    > altering a listed building or in a conservation area.
    >
    > Building regulations will be involved as you are creating a new
    > entrance/exit and changing a window.
    >
    > Whether you can use the existing lintel depends, if your house is fairly
    > modern the existing lintel is probably adequate. If you have an old house
    > the lintel might not be up to modern standards. You will probably need to
    > uncover sufficient of the structure to see what sort of lintel you have so
    > the BCO can not in approval.
    >
    > Owain

    I'd agree with that. Have done a couple but in newer >1980 houses.
    Relatively easy job.
    Its important that the vertical dampcourse that is normal in door/window
    openings is extended all the way down.
     
    BillV, Jul 9, 2004
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  4. Broadback

    N. Thornton Guest

    "Owain" <> wrote in message news:<>...

    > Whether you can use the existing lintel depends, if your house is fairly
    > modern the existing lintel is probably adequate. If you have an old house
    > the lintel might not be up to modern standards. You will probably need to
    > uncover sufficient of the structure to see what sort of lintel you have so
    > the BCO can not in approval.



    Is a lintel compulsory now then? Lots of very old houses dont have them.

    Regards, NT
     
    N. Thornton, Jul 12, 2004
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  5. Broadback

    Owain Guest

    "N. Thornton" wrote
    | "Owain" wrote
    | > Whether you can use the existing lintel depends, if your house
    | > is fairly modern the existing lintel is probably adequate.
    | > If you have an old house the lintel might not be up to modern
    | > standards. You will probably need to uncover sufficient of the
    | > structure to see what sort of lintel you have so the BCO
    | > can not in approval.
    | Is a lintel compulsory now then?

    Something performing the function of a lintel is required, even if it's not
    a lintel. I emagine a self-supporting arch would be acceptable (structurally
    if not aesthetically, I've never been keen on the Twee Medieval Munchkin
    look).

    | Lots of very old houses dont have them.

    Which is why you might have to fit one when you form a new doorway.

    Owain
     
    Owain, Jul 12, 2004
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