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Old 01-26-2012, 09:12 AM   #1
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We are looking to knock a wall down between our living room & office (to make a larger living room area), but the floor in the office is a concrete slab, and about 6 inches lower than the rest of the house (I'm pretty sure this was an addition by the previous owners). I would like any ideas to make the living room and office level, as I would hate a small step in the middle of my new living room. I assume I would have to raise the floors in the office, but don't know how; any suggestions?
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:13 AM   #2
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What's the differance in height?
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:25 AM   #3
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...but the floor in the office is a concrete slab, and about 6 inches lower than the rest of the house
Robert: Raising the lower one will be simpler than lowering the high one.
This fundamental truth is convenient for you.

Make a new floor over the concrete:
2x lumber + underlay sheet + finished floor material = height difference
Standard 2X's may need to be trimmed to meet the needed height.

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The office (on slab) is about 6 inches lower than the adjacent living room
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And how does one go about raising a floor?
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Thank you, TarheelTerp. What is the difficulty level of this project?
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Are you certain the wall separating the two spaces is non-load bearing? If it is a load bearing wall, the difficulty of your project just jumped up substantially, as you will need a header to replace the wall.
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What is the difficulty level of this project?
The portion you asked about and which I described is about 7-8 hammers on the Ten Hammer DIY Scale. Individually, each portion is no great shakes; but collectively the details can get away from you quickly.

The portion of the job I didn't describe (and which you didn't ask about)...
is, as they say, "a whole other can of worms".

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Are you certain the wall separating the two spaces is non-load bearing? If it is a load bearing wall, the difficulty of your project just jumped up substantially, as you will need a header to replace the wall.

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I have an architect coming to insure the wall is not load bearing
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I have an architect coming to insure the wall is not load bearing...
...or to prescribe methods and materials to safely carry that load
in one or another long proven way

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