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dburnett76

11:12AM | 03/26/04
Member Since: 03/25/04
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I have a traditional bungalow with stairs leading up to the attic between the living room and the kitchen. Both of the walls on either side of the stairs support the attic floor on each side.

I want to remove the part of the wall above the stairs so I have a diagonal opening between the living room and the kitchen.

Two questions:

1) First of all, can this be done?

2) If this can be done, how far apart can I put the supports and what size headers should I use for proper support?

homebild

12:19PM | 03/27/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
It is not clear from your post what direction this wall runs in relation to the ceiling joists, nor the size of the joists.

Without that information and without knowing the overal span for the opening you wish to create, it is not possible to answer your questions.

A general or remodeling carpenter most often can. A structural engineer or architect almost certainly will.

Have one of the above examine your property and offer their expetise.

Mark Hammond

03:44PM | 03/29/04
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
I think that I know what you want to do and if I am correct you can build the openig the way you would any opening. You will need jackstuds and headers for the span but build it at the angle you want for your effect. One great source will be your local building department. They will be inspecting anyway right?????? Good luck....MJH
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