I'm visiting houses with my partner, who really likes old cottages.

Problem is, there are lots of doorways like this: enter image description here

Is is possible to make this doorway 'human' sized without the house falling down. Good answers would include links to projects were it has happened and potential estimates of cost. :)

  • Is the beam needed? What EXACTLY is it holding up? If it's removed, could you cut a larger door opening? – Lee Sam May 28 '17 at 5:42

You'd have to literally raise the roof (and build up the walls to support the raised roof), and the cost is generally prohibitive as that's a rather major alteration to the structure. In the specific case of "cottage" it also messes with "what makes a cottage a cottage, as opposed to a house."

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