07:15AM | 03/08/05
Member Since: 03/07/05
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I own a two story Cape Code Cape, and would like to open up one side of the stairway. The stairway is located just off center of the house. The wall that I would like to open up runs perpendicular to the floor joist and roof.

My question at the bottom of the stairs would I need to add in a beam to the ceiling?




09:04AM | 03/19/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
it depends how it is built now

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06:17PM | 05/10/05
Member Since: 04/22/05
3 lifetime posts
I've considered the same thing but it scares me a little. I checked to ensure that it isn't a load bearing wall, which it isn't but my house is a little over 150 years old and I'm afraid that it may have settled onto the wall. I just worry that after all of that time, removing 1 wall supporting 1 joist may end up sagging the entire 2nd floor. I have drawn up 2 sets of plans, 1 with a floor to ceiling post and 1 where I have to frame out the 2nd floor joists to beef up the support. 2 years later and I still don't know which to do, if either. The only thing I could recommend is talk to an engineer or an architect. Good luck.


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