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Old 09-18-2011, 05:54 PM   #1
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Removing Kitchen Soffit - load bearing??

I'm in the processing of removing the soffit in my Kitchen that is over my cabinets. After removing most of the drywall, I saw that it was framed was 2' x 8' that expands the length of the kitchen. A friend who is helping thought that they might be load bearing.

My house is a 1960's tri-level with a gable roof. The kitchen is on the main floor, no second floor over it. There main floor is 25' x 22' with a load bearing wall that divides the kitchen(11' x 13'),dining room(11' X 9') and living room (14' x 22).

The soffit extends about 30" from the wall and housed recessed lights and L shape. The walls that the soffit is on: One wall backup against the upper and lower, and the second wall against the exteior (load bearing wall). As i stated, the framing consists of 2 x 8 on both walls.

I will appreciate any help or advice. Thanks
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:10 PM   #2
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I doubt if it's load bearing----Post a picture or give us a more detailed description of the ceiling itself.


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here is couple more pic. The last pic, we have already remove the soffit and found the the ceiling joists was framed with 2 x 4.
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My opinion is that it is not load bearing and when they built the house instead of peicing the soffit with 2x4 they used joist material. I have done that alot using joists or TJI', it makes building a soffit much easier.
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Old 09-25-2011, 07:29 PM   #5
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based on that picture its not load bearing, its simply allowing for one peice of wood to act as backing for the plaster. since its so close to the wall the ceiling joists and rafters are bearing on the wall.

if the 2x8 were bearing it would be tripled and bearing on posts on the end
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