Framing a basement. I have a an exterior door that is set in the poured foundation. I'm building my wall that runs parallel to foundation that has the existing door and is ~2-4" from the foundation. How do I frame this opening? Of particular concern, if I from perpendicular from the wall to the in-swing door, it would seem that I wouldn't be able to open the door more than 85-90 degrees.

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Thanks for the picture & diagram updates, your initial question was a little unclear to me. You'll have to move the door in order for it to open more than 90-degrees & to flat upon the wall.

Move the door, its jamb & threshold inside to be flush with the new stud wall's drywall finished surface elevation for a full door swing. Then, extend the door jamb (sides & top) out to the exterior wall & re-apply the exterior trim. This provides a good exterior recess & overhang to protect the door & threshold from weather & spiders will love it.

Additionally, since your door will now be mounted to your interior stud wall instead of the very & completely solid foundation wall. You'll want to solidify the stud wall & attach it to the door's existing framing with a toe-nailed or toe-screwed 2x4 bridging connector. This will also assist greatly with the jamb extensions & their seamless alignment.

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    I think the problem is the door itself will pinch on what will be an overly thick frame. Where as, currently it can probably open almost to a 180. I like the pocket idea, but the entire frame on the hinge side needs to be a 45 e.g., to allow the door to swing further.
    – Mazura
    Mar 11, 2016 at 6:36
  • Yeah, that's where I'm not sure I'm getting his meaning. Are we talking about where the handle hits the stud wall or are we talking about the door hitting the stud wall that sticking out further than the hinges. Option 1 handles the handle. And, option 2 handles both scenario's.
    – Iggy
    Mar 11, 2016 at 6:56
  • I added some (crappy) pictures to help visualize what I mean. The base plate would be roughly where it is in the picture and the studs would be facing that way. So from what I was expecting was to run a board flush with the end of the last stud to the door, kind of like you'd do with a window. But then that'd prevent the door from opening more than 90 degrees Mar 12, 2016 at 2:20
  • Ah thank you, that's much better. I thought it was a corner situation, not a middle spot. I'll update my answer.
    – Iggy
    Mar 12, 2016 at 3:25
  • So, I'm trying to parse your answer, but I think I'm a little dense. What do you mean by on-flat - Do you mean put the 3.5" width parallel with the face of the door or perpendicular to the face of the door? Let me also clarify that I'd like my base plate to start 3" from the foundation wall and the door jam sticks out 1". Mar 13, 2016 at 4:55

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