06:02AM | 02/26/02
Member Since: 02/25/02
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I want to remove a kitchen wall that supports the second floor. Contractors have said that steel is necessary to create an open space but it will be very expensive. They suggets a support post that goes through a center island. I am desperately looking for pictures using this technique. I am worried that the open look I want will be spoiled by a post. Any suggestions?

Jay J

10:35AM | 02/26/02
Member Since: 10/26/00
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Hi scmadigan,

If the Contractor says the post is needed, there's a good chance that it's needed. Your only other options is to hire a Structural Engineer or better yet, an Architect who has access to such 'resources' AND can help with the design. It's what they do for a living and in many, MANY cases, it's $$$ well spent. (I don't think you've 'renovated' too many homes to know what your options are and what the Codes are and so on.) Trust your instincts. Spend some $$$ and hire a Pro that's an expert in the area in question.

At the same time, there are some very strong beams that are made these days that span quite a distance. Again, this is where the SE and Arch. come into play. Besides, they may have some interesting ideas to 'play' around with a post and beam. Oh, to answer your question, the aforementioned Pros can, most likely, have a sketch drawn (using a CAD computer program) showing you some 'ideas'.) Of course, it will cost you BUT it's $$$ well spent. It's a WHOLE heck-of-a-lot cheaper now, than later.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!



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