I'm trying to remove the structure that leads to the basement. (see sketch 1).

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Once removed, there will be an empty space like (see sketch 2)

My aim is to build over it, a simple door (see sketch 3 below)

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What are other solutions for that door (regardless good or bad), please?

As you can see from my sketches, I'm trying to gain space.


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    "Trap doors" were traditional for access to root cellars; I've seen them used for access to store basements too. You'd need to check whether that would pass residential construction codes in your area. – keshlam Oct 9 '15 at 11:42
  • Hi @keshlam , Thanks alhtough not needed in France france.angloinfo.com/housing/building-property/… – Andy K Oct 9 '15 at 13:52
  • @AndyK, this is an interior door or hatch as it appears? – Jack Oct 10 '15 at 0:32

You could build a sloped frame and hinged doors, as @keshlam suggests, this is the traditional style. There are manufactured options that are actually rather reasonably priced. http://www.dashwindows.com/bilco-doors.php

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  • In the US, that's often known as "bulkhead doors". I wasn't sure from the description whether this was indoor or outdoor access. – keshlam Oct 10 '15 at 1:13
  • @keshlam yes I was thinking of a hatch door – Andy K Oct 28 '15 at 8:00
  • @AndyK Hatch door leaves it a bit vague, but if this interior access the term you are probably seeking is "trap door" - meaning a section of floor, which can be walked upon, that is also a doorway to below the floor. If that's what you are talking about, I don't think there's any real alternate to that that works the same. Your sketch does not make clear if it's exterior (which the bulkhead would suit) or interior. – Ecnerwal Feb 9 '16 at 0:21

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