Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Remodeling

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-01-2010, 06:03 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10
Default

removing load-bearing walls and moving the kitchen


We just bought a 22 y.o. home with a fabulous view, and we want to remove the two walls that divide the kitchen from the dining room and from the family room to capture the 180 degree view from any point on the first floor. WE are pretty sure that both walls are load bearing (unfortunately!). We want to completely remove the 14-ft wall between the living room and the kitchen. On the wall between the kitchen and the family room, we just want to open the top half of the wall to enable a kitchen sink/island combo by extending the existing wetbar

Question 1: What is the cost of removing these two walls? The house is a two-story with a day light basement. The walls to be removed are on the first floor. I figure we have to use professionals for this work because it involves structural changes.

Question 2: The existing kitchen is quite dimensionally challenged (14' x 5'). I am thinking of merging it into the existing living room, and moving the kitchen to the existing family room. The family room has a gas fireplace and a wetbar.

2(a) Would it be cost effective to convert the gas fireplace to an oven range with cooktop (as the gas line is already there) and the wetbar to a kitchen sink (as the plumbing is already there)?

2((b): Is there any part of the kitchen remodeling that we could do ourselves to save money?

We may have paid the house at least 25K over its market value because we were initially so blinded by the view that we overlooked the dysfunctional and outdated kitchen. So we would like to save in renovation to recoup some of the money loss by that boneheaded mistake. However, we want to do it safely.

Thank you so much for your help.


Last edited by WannaReno; 04-01-2010 at 06:09 PM.
WannaReno is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2010, 06:11 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South of Boston, MA
Posts: 17,248
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

removing load-bearing walls and moving the kitchen


Costs depends upon the beam, support needed, which will need to be sized & how much you DIY
Plus any electric plumbing etc that may need to be moved

Scuba_Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2010, 06:05 PM   #3
Drywall contractor
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Lilburn, GA
Posts: 2,108
Rewards Points: 1,028
Default

removing load-bearing walls and moving the kitchen


The place to start is with a structural engineer to determine how to go about doing what you propose. With enough money, almost any remodel can be accomplished. Whether it is feasible AND cost effective depends on HOW it can be done and still be code compliant. It will be a few hundred dollars well spent....
__________________
If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can read this in English, thank a soldier. Support our troops.
bjbatlanta is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
fireplaces, kitchen remodel, load bearing wall


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Solve this!? Walls moving new construction bergerdude Building & Construction 15 02-01-2010 06:46 PM
Moving studs on load bearing wall for HVAC? grouse Building & Construction 1 08-20-2009 03:16 PM
Wall - LOAD BEARING: How to Move? user49172 Building & Construction 1 03-11-2009 05:48 PM
Load bearing or not (diagrams and images!)? amclint Remodeling 9 11-17-2008 02:27 PM
moving another load bearing nailfun Carpentry 2 02-20-2007 09:10 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.