I have two rooms I like to open up but there is a load bearing wall in
between. I don't want to mess with the ceiling truss and make things any
more complicated so I think I will tear the wall down and in it's place I
will do a floor to ceiling open shelf system. Are there any special
considerations I need to make other than I need to get trim grade 8 feet
tall 2x12s which is quite expensive.
I just space them 16" apart like they are wall studs right?
I agree with Michael... Might be time for a structural engineer.
However, the do make structural laminated veneer studs (we use them for
a particular client). Very straight and have good load bearing
capacity. Finishing them, though, might be a bit tricky. And they're
pricey. Also, look at the Parallam stuff through Trus-Joist. They may
have something engineered and architectural.
Before you do anything you need to determine exactly what that wall
does for the truss. It may do nothing it may be critical. You also
need to determine if that wall is providing racking resistance (taking
the lateral loads - which can be significant in high wind areas...like
Miami). Neither of those things can be determined without looking at
If it does nothing, you can take it down and do whatever you like. If
it is structural, and you want to build a bookcase support, I would
think that you'd want to space such deep supports farther apart. That
would require a smaller beam to pick up the loads from the trusses.
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