11:03AM | 06/29/04
Member Since: 06/28/04
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I have a short wall in my kitchen that separates the refrigerator from the dining area. The wall protrudes a little more than the average fridge is deep. I bought a new fridge and it won't fit into the space between this wall and my cabinets on the other side.

I want to take it down, reposition the phone line that's inside the wall, take down a high-up cabinet, and move the fridge back into the spot where it was 'supposed' to sit. I'll have to replace the vinyl flooring, but that's no biggie.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Is there a way to go into the attic to identify whether or not this is a load bearing wall? I don't have the blueprints. My home was built in 1978.

Thanks, Brenda


11:33AM | 06/29/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Hello Brenda,

I went through some similar questions when I did some remodeling recently.

Let me say first that nobody can answer this question over the internet! Especially with what little info you've provided.

That said, my "easy" recommendation would be to take back the fridge that doesn't fit--and buy one that does.

Even if the 1/2 wall is not bearing (which is possible)--you often find more inside a wall than you think. Plumbing, drain-waste-vent stack, heating ducts, electrical, etc. In my opinion, "simply" taking out a wall (or moving it) isn't so simple at all. It also leaves drywall patching, texturing, etc to be done.

I should also mention that (personal opinion here) I like the idea of a wall (or something) on the side of the fridge. A fridge can have a very massive appearance--and a wall hides that--a more custom finish look. (You'll notice in "high end" kitchens that fridges generally have a "built in" look. And people pay plenty for such appearances!)

As for whether the wall is bearing, you can tell a lot about what is above it or below it. If attic joists overlap the wall, it's a dead giveaway that it's bearing. But there's more to it. You need a professional opinion!

From all that's involved, I still recommend a smaller fridge that fits. I'm sure this happens all the time--I wouldn't feel bad about calling the store and saying you don't want to get into that much work to have the big one fit.

If you are set on the bigger fridge and all that's entailed, be prepared to pony up the costs of some professional help.

I should mention that before I took out a "partition" wall (non-bearing) in my recent remodel, I had the opinions of a contractor, an architect, AND a structural engineer. The engineer's opinion, I got in writing. You don't want to take chances here!

Please keep us posted, and good luck!


-k2 in CO

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07:04AM | 08/15/04
Member Since: 02/20/04
52 lifetime posts
I'd go with k2's recomendation. I had a major kitchen remodel done in our last home and we removed a "non bearing wall" and as k2 mentioned we had several electrical circuits running to the upstairs as well a 4" waste line. We knew going into the project they were in there and the contractor had plans for rerouting the items.



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