Forum Title: How to fill a doorway
Hi, My home has a door from the bathroom to the backyard. We would like to fill the opening and make a wall to replace the door. I helped with Habitat for Humanity and as a result have some basic understanding about framing and I believe I can do the work myself. I have a few questions and thought you might be able to help: 1 - it is a block house - if I frame the hole it will be noticeable from the outside that there used to be a door there. Is there an easy way to hide it? One option would be to stucco the whole wall. Any other ideas? 2 - I understand I have to remove the existing door, frame, etc. How should I attach the foot to the floor? 3 - I know I have to use drywall on the interior side. What about the exterior side? What should I use? 4 - What should I use to cover the gap between the existing block wall and the new wall on the exterior side? Should I caulk? Or use a different product? And my last question... Am I crazy if I try to do it myself? How difficult is the job? I kind of like the idea of trying it myself, but my wife would not be happy if I can't finish it in one day and leave an opening there overnight... :O) Thank you so much for any help you can provide. Have a wonderful day!
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: KATHERINE ROGERS (Saginaw, MI), 01/01/2019

Probably not going to happen. You have to take into account that a window has an outer frame, the sash that the glass is in has a frame, and the crank mechanism is a certain minimum length. All these things together mean that there is a limit to how narrow a window can get. For instance, Andersen's narrowest casement is the 400 Series, at 17. And I believe Marvin's narrowest is 16.

- JUSTIN MORRIS (Bristol, CT), 03/07/2019

Good suggestions from Mark. But to answer your questions. 1. The only way to have a seamless job is to redo the block by adding a block fill. Not a simple job. Even then, unless the block is painted, it will probably show. The rest is easy, and you seem to understand that part. Frame up to the interior wall(don't forget insulation) , add drywall and finish with tile or whatever.

- LAURA LEE (Fontana, CA), 02/17/2019

Hello, I'm just going to throw out this idea. I never worked on a block house. I think patching the inside would be easy, but doing the outside would present me with problems. I would not attempt to fill the hole in but rather cover it to make it look like the house was built that way. An example say the door is 3-0. I would frame the door so I could install some 4-0 siding. Maybe shiplap Hardi board up to the roof line. Trimed and painted it would look OK. Good Luck Woodbutcher

- Ed Monroe (San Francisco, CA), 02/08/2019

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