we have room upstairs for which we plan to alter the entry way door.
essentially, the room look like a rectangle (12x16). if one looks down
upon it, and North is top, South bottom, etc. the existing single door
is in the south-west quadrant of the room. due south of the room on
the other side of the wall, we have a linen closet that currently has
french double doors. we'd like to remove the existing single door
(patching it with drywall, etc.) and punching through the wall between
the existing linen closet and the room and make that into a new entry
way (again it's a double door).
our concern is that the wall we want to punch through appears to be a
load bearing wall (it runs perpendicular to the joists above it). is
this a valid concern and if so, how can we remedy the transplant of
this entry way?
On 1/1/2005 11:51 PM US(ET), firstname.lastname@example.org took fingers to keys,
and typed the following:
Yes, it may be a valid concern, but we can't tell from here.
Notwithstanding the information you have provided, there is no way that
anyone can give you any instructions on opening your specific load
bearing wall without an on-site visual inspection. Anything else would
just be shot-in-the-dark suggestions, and you would have to make a
shot-in-the-dark choice on which one was correct for your situation.
hi bill, thanks for your response. we will work with an architect to
design the room but was just looking to see what type of inspection and
thus followup construction one would make to insure adequate structural
On 1/2/2005 9:45 AM US(ET), email@example.com took fingers to keys,
and typed the following:
That particular framing will probably only support the floor joists
directly above that space. I assume that any further construction above
that space will rest on the rear concrete wall, i.e. the rear walls and
joists above, roof rafters, etc.
On 1 Jan 2005 20:51:00 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Yes, this is a valid concern. If, as is likely, the wall is load
bearing, you will need to install a header above the opening for the
door. The size and ply of the header depends on what's above the
room ... live and dead loads. An engineer can tell you how to
reframe that wall and his stamp is your guarantee of the information.
As a general rule, what you're proposing is elementary construction
... but we can't see it and therefore can't offer an opinion as to the
proper header or even IF the wall is load bearing.
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