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Old 01-02-2008, 01:55 PM   #1
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We had our home built in 02 by a great modular company! however, after living here for a few years we have realized that our home is just not "easily move-around-able" - we have a kitchen w/tv room off the back of the house, with a large walkthrough to our "formal living room" in the front of the house. The formal living room is not used, and the tv room is just not big enough to do many things with. We were thinking of breaking out the wall between the living and tv rooms to make one large L shaped room. My question is - if this house was put together in 4 pieces, with 2 on the bottom (front and back) and two on top (front and back as well) can we break out that wall between the front and back rooms without possibly wrecking the whole house? I think I would need to put up a support of some sort. I do nto want to pay someone to come in here just to tell me that it can not be done, then have to pay them for coming in. I would love to be able to do this renovation myself, with the help of a friends husband (possibly) who is out of work right now, but who is a builder...

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Old 01-02-2008, 02:35 PM   #2
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it could be done but you would need to get the original plans that the house was built by to make sure of load bearing walls. You may need to install double jack studs at each end of the proposed opening, then use an LVL, Para lam, or Micro lam beam for the header as this is much stronger than conventional lumber. The ceiling in the 2 rooms should also be supported with a temp wall before you do anything. Do not be chincy with the temp wall, build it as if it were a permanent wall, safety vs cost? go with safety. One good tip here that as I cut out the studs for the opening I keep a close watch on the blade of the sawzall. If it gets hung in the wood, there is pressure on it meaning your temp wall is not doing what it is supposed to, Drive shims under the studs in the temp wall until the saw does not get hung up, this tells me there is no weight on those studs being cut.

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You'll want to check if the footings under the support columns down the center of you basement will support the added loads depending on how big of an opening you want. By headering off an opening, you'll be transfering the load to different support posts. I don't know about yours, but most modular units have a marriage line beam that's bolted together at installation requiring more support posts than steel beams in conventional construction. The footings are usually sized for its load and may not be sized to take on a lot of added weight. As USP45 said, get the plans to see where the load points are and the foundation plan to check the footings.
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Call your "great modular home company" for their advice and recommendations. They also may have their own crew (slack times) or a good sub who can do the job for you.
You're probably going to have to put in a couple of support piers as discussed. Make sure that they're mortared like your permanent foundation and not just stacked like under a mobile home (could be a resale issue later).
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Call your "great modular home company" for their advice and recommendations. They also may have their own crew (slack times) or a good sub who can do the job for you.
You're probably going to have to put in a couple of support piers as discussed. Make sure that they're mortared like your permanent foundation and not just stacked like under a mobile home (could be a resale issue later).
Good Luck!
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Thank you. I never thought of calling the modlar company to see if they have people, or can direct me to people that can do it. I do hav plans from the house, but not the actual blue prints. Thank you!

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