Check for Obstructions

Punch a hole with a hammer into the wall, pull off a piece of drywall and check for any electrical or other obstructions.

Step 1

Remove the Drywall

With a 6" blade in a reciprocating saw, make a vertical cut from ceiling down (Image 1).

Score the ceiling with a utility knife to make it a clean break (Image 2).

Pull the drywall off in pieces, using a crow bar when necessary (Image 3).

Step 2

Remove the Studs

Then, cut through the studs around the door with a reciprocating saw with a 9" blade (Image 1).

Knock out the studs with a hammer and pull out the header (Image 2).