Installing an interior door to office

Old 05-15-16, 06:48 PM
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Installing an interior door to office

We have a home where the office does not have a door. We would like to put one in but need some guidance. The opening is currently drywalled. Do we need to remove all the drywall off the frame or can we go ahead and install a prehung door in the opening without removing the current drywall. We have installed doors before but that was when there was a rough opening. Trying to decide if this is too big of a tear out project or a fairly simple fix to this office issue. One other thing is the opening is too tall for a standard door so we are looking at building a transom window above it or even leaving it as an open shelf. Would appreciate any input on this project.
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It would be best to remove the sheetrock, at least from the hinge side of the door so the frame can be solidly attached to the framing. It's not a big deal because you don't need to be neat as the trim around the door frame will hide any rough edge.

It would help if you provide the height, width, and depth of the opening as it stands (with the sheetrock), and a picture wouldn't hurt.

A little transom window or even a frosted glass insert wouldn't be difficult. Having just an open area would look odd, IMO.

Another option that would probably be easier would be to use a Euro style external sliding door (often called a sliding barn door). They are popular now. You do have to have enough room to one side or the other for the door.

Here's a pricey example, but they are available in all different styles and price ranges:
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I'll answer the second question first. You re-frame the opening to the height that you want by creating a header. You can install glass or close the opening with drywall.

Back to the first question: It would probably better if you removed the drywall from the frame but if you didn't, I don't think that it would make much of a difference.
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I would start by giving us the measurements of the opening. At a minimum, it's usually best to remove the corner bead because it makes the wall flare out wider than a standard door jamb thickness. If you are putting a glass unit above this door there is no need for any header or drywall work. Its possible that once trim is applied, you wouldn't have to mess with any drywall taping at all if you are careful when you remove the corner bead.
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So do you mean there's already a walk through opening but no door?
If so what's the size of the opening?
Is there sheetrock returns or 1" jambs?
As mention a picture is worth 1000 words.
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Welcome to the forums Peggy!

One other thing to consider is MH doors are typically only 76" tall versus the standard 80" As mentioned above you need to give us the opening measurements you currently have. Is the drywall on the MH side painted or have the typical vinyl print that comes from the MH factory?

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