Change closet opening from hallway to bedroom?

katcando23September 10, 2010

Hey everyone. I'm new to the forum as far as posting, but have been a lurker for many years. :) *waves*

My issue is this. I bought a foreclosure townhouse and have done most of the work myself. I have two hall closets upstairs - one is used for linens and the other for ???. The second closet is directly on the other side of the master bedroom and the extra closet space in the master would be ideal.

Is it possible to just cut a door on the bedroom side and sheet-rock up the hallway side as such "flipping" the closet? There is an electrical outlet on the bedroom side, but I could just move that which would allow me to plug things in that area.

What about the studs and such on the bedroom side that are not on the hallway side? Is this job more suited for a GC versus an advanced-intermediate do-it-yourselfer?

Thanks in advance. :)

Kat

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I'd say if you don't feel comfortable with it, don't attempt it.
But I'd do it (and am about to do something similar in my house...)
Are you comfortable with moving the electrical?
I would go about it like this:
First, determine whether the wall on the bedroom side is load-bearing. If it isn't no problem. Look in a basic home-improvement book they have in the bog-box stores for basic steps-by-step instructions on how to frame a wall and install a pre-hung door. With basic skills and decent power tolls, both those things are pretty easy. If the wall is load-bearing, you're going to have to figure out how to properly support the loads, with a built-up header, etc.
Don't forget there will be some finicky finish work patching in the hole where the old door was, adding in baseboard, etc.

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