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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:18 pm 
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Hi
I'm about to embark on a renovation project in a 1967 house. The house has been extended to the front in the 80s and there is an arch where the original front building line is (see attached).

Any advice on how to either remove or reduce it? The insides of the arched corners can easily be squared off, but the arch is very thick, especially to the sides!

has anyone dealt with anything similar and/or got some advice?

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If that wall was the original front of the house then it will definitely be structural. There will be a lintel resting on the remaining walls supporting the upper floors. You could widen the opening but you would need a structural engineer to calculate the steel required and specify the foundations needed. This is notifiable under building regulations. Squaring the arch effect will depend on where the steel is resting.

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whats the final idea with that opening? how wide is it at the moment - plumb reveal to plumb reveal wide, and how wide do you want it to be?
dont mess with anything until you know exactly whatt your ggoing to do


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I too am not at all clear at what you are wanting to do!
Quite often in the 80's arches were made by planting expamet former's into a rectangular opening to form an arch prior to plastering.
So if your intent is just to 'square' up your oppening, tap about on the arches and if it sounds hollow, thats what you have got.

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Have a look at the picture here newbie-embarking-on-a-first-time-renovation-t93994.html The upper external wall is supported by the lintel in that arch. It is taking a significant load and needs an SE to have a look.

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thanks for the messages guys. To be honest that arch is so imposing that we would want to at least square it off - the inside of the arches sound hollow to a tap/knock so will have expamet formers or similar which can be easily removed.

The arch is pretty low and quite thick to the sides (dont have exact measurements to hand), so we would want to make the sides narrower however we probably won't bother if it turns out to be too costly.

I'll have an SE around at some point to check some walls for a possible couple of knock throughs, and will ask the arch be looked at too.


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