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thetasigma1412
Load Bearing Wall in a Ranch
thetasigma1412

Hello, All,

Long time follower, first time poster.

I have a question in regards to the load bearing status of my home. I am attaching some photo and wanted to see anyone professional opinion of the layout and whether or not the highlighted box in the middle of the plan can have the walls removed or walls removed but columns placed at the stair edge.

I typically see this style home with open bannisters, and my ultimate plan is to open the wall from the living into the kitchen and have the stairs contain ballisters instead of the walls. The ceiling is vaulted. I knocked on the walls and they are stud walls, but I have no visibility to the top portion.

Please let me know any items of clarification! The basement has the joists running perpendicular to the wall, thus I ask.

Thank you,

A. Spruce
Re: Load Bearing Wall in a Ranch
A. Spruce

You will need to host your images on-line somewhere, then link them here.

Without an inspection of the structural areas of the home, no one is going to be able to tell you whether or not a wall can be removed, and you may need an engineer to redesign the structural components to transfer the load elsewhere before a wall can be removed.

dj1
Re: Load Bearing Wall in a Ranch
dj1

Quote: "I typically see this style home with open bannisters"

Your home could be different, we just don't know it yet, that's why you need a visual inspection.

Quote: " The basement has the joists running perpendicular to the wall, thus I ask."

This bit of info is important but not enough to make a determination. Find an architect or an engineer for evatuation.

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