House is a two-story four-square, built in 1903 of 3-course brick and oak
joists/studs. On previous renovations I have noted that at least some
joists are supported on one end by the brick and the centerline of the
house (which is supported by beams in the basement) on the other end. I do
not know if this is true for all joists in the house, although I suspect it
I want to put an archway through an interior wall from LR to DR. This wall
runs parallel to joists in the basement and second floor, so I am pretty
sure it is not load-bearing. Inside the wall, I see that it originally
held pocket doors, with the original opening being 6 feet wide and framed
by double studs on either side. Original studs run to the ceiling (10 ft.)
and appear to be under a joist. Pocket door railing is nailed to something
above it, but so far I can't see what that is.
I could live with the 6 ft opening, but I would really prefer to make it
wider, which would mean cutting the double studs on either side. Would
those double studs have been used for reinforcing the opening for the
pocket doors only and not necessarily for "supporting" the joist above it?
In other words, given the construction of the house, would a header be
necessary for this wider opening?