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Old 12-19-2008, 04:20 PM   #1
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Expanding Opening & Installing New Header


I just downsized to a lil house whose best feature is the cove ceiling in the living room. I want to expand the current 3ft opening between the living room and dining area to a 6ft opening, which means putting in a new header. How do I do this without destroying the cove ceiling? I don't care how much damage is done to the dining area side of the wall or to the dining area ceiling. Any advice/tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-19-2008, 05:44 PM   #2
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Pictures would definatly be helpful for this question. Its hard to determine something blind.

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First. Is it a bearing wall?
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If its a weight bearing wall, you will have to build up cripples from floor to ceiling all the way across on both sides of the wall. You can then take out your studs, header, and then frame your new header up in place, cripple the header, and then pull out the temporary cripples. But of course, a pic would help. Not sure if you are able to cripple the ceiling in the room that has the cove.
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:39 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info/help so far. Yes, it is a load-bearing wall. Here are pics:




view from living room showing cove ceiling



picture from dining area into living room



another picture of dining area..I want to open it up more to the right and put in french doors (to keep the animals out of the living room when we're gone...)

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