Zelia Short

01:35PM | 10/08/98
Hi there. I am living in a 50 year old, war time house that I'd like to renovate. I would like to create an open concept kitchen/ living room, and need to know how to determine if the wall connecting the two rooms is a load- bearing wall (which I'm sure it is). I have some technical background in determining where re-inforcements should be made through my studies in Engineering, but lack the practical experience in identifying load- bearing beams. Are there any experts (or experienced home-renovators)out there who can offer some advice?

Joe Fusco

12:20PM | 10/09/98
You should consider consulting with a good P.E.

Joseph Fusco
<a href="">Fusco & Verga Construction Co., Inc.</a>


03:31PM | 10/22/98

Just to lead you in the right direction.
As a rule of thumb only: If the joists above
and below the wall in question run parallel
to that wall, it is PROBABLY not load bearing. If the joists run perpendicular to
the wall in question, it is PROBABLY a load
bearing wall. The only way to really verify
this is to physically look at the joists-
which may require the opening of ceilings. I
have seen many homes that were remodeled
(example: the lowering of ceilings) and had
total disregard for walls being bearing or not. Much of my work is dealing with distressed homeowners who have floors and houses in near collapse, so, if you have any
doubts about your ability then take Joe,s
advice and hire a P.E. Good Luck!

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