Hi all, I am looking for a wee bit of advice regarding some DIY/home improvement work I want to do. My house was built in the early 70's and and is predominantly clad with facing brick but has some timber cladding to break things up a bit. Anyway at the rear of the house in the kitchen there is a standard size back door and a small window and next to the kitchen there is a large window in the dining room. I want to remove and brick up and back door and replace the dining room window with french doors the same width as the window. Now at the same time as doing this I want to replace the timber cladding between the french doors and the upstairs window with facing brick. I recently drilled a hole through the timber cladding above the upstairs window into the loft space to run an aerial cable and it was simply thin timber and a waterproof membrane attached to a timber frame. Now I am guessing that none of this is structural and the upstairs window is held in place by being attached to the brick work at either side. Is this likely? My plan is to remove the timber and a couple of bricks either side to let me install a lintel above the downstairs window and brick up on top of the lintel till I reach the upstairs window. Is this how is would normally be done? Would the lintel being on show not be a bit of an eyesore? The reason I want to replace the timber with brickwork is so the rear of the house is flat which would make fitting a conservatory easier in the future.