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jantonucci
Removal of Load Bearing wall

Planning a kitchen remodel and was hoping to punchout wall in center of house (in kitchen). I am sure it is load bearing. Is it unreasonable to place a large beam where wall was (is), held up by one beam on each end. Would that configuration be enough to replace the wall? I would like to open the wall up into the living room and create a breakfast bar.

Secondly, I have a feeling that there are vents going vertically up this wall to the second floor. How difficult/expensive to relocate these vents?

Thank you.

A. Spruce
Re: Removal of Load Bearing wall

The size of the beam and support system will depend on the span of the opening and what it's holding up. The only way to figure that out is to consult with an engineer.

Rerouting duct work depends on where the lines are and where they're going as well as access above and below the wall you're removing.

jkirk
Re: Removal of Load Bearing wall

precisely, sprucey,

i just finished framing a 2800 sq ft custom last month which im now trimming, anyhow the main floor was all open concept,, and forced air.. this made routing the ductwork extremely difficult for the heating contractor, they had to run all their ducting in exterior walls and reduce the size of the pipes.. which in turn reduces the heating capacity..

one thing to consider

A. Spruce
Re: Removal of Load Bearing wall
jkirk wrote:

precisely, sprucey,

i just finished framing a 2800 sq ft custom last month which im now trimming, anyhow the main floor was all open concept,, and forced air.. this made routing the ductwork extremely difficult for the heating contractor, they had to run all their ducting in exterior walls and reduce the size of the pipes.. which in turn reduces the heating capacity..

one thing to consider

Good point. An easy fix for lack of wall space would be to frame columns on either side of the opening to use as chase ways for ducting, wires, etc.

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