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zetti1102 09-28-2009 09:57 PM

Balloon Framing Question
Hey everyone!
I have a question about balloon framing. My house is framed in the balloon style and I am a little worried about taking down a wall. I have just finished remodeling my kitchen and now another project comes up. I want to take down half of the wall that seperates my living room from my dinning room to make the dining area look bigger since it is very small. When i say half the wall i mean taking down the top half (leaving the bottom 3' of wall and taking off the top 5' to have an island effect.) The wall is not load bearing but i know balloon style framing goes from the bottom floor, up past the second to the roof joist. Would I have to support the top at all? I plan on taking down some plaster tomorrow to see what I am working with so I will post a few pics to show. Any input on this matter would be appreciated.

Just Bill 09-29-2009 05:49 AM

The interior walls have little to do with the exterior framing style. But can everything to do with interior support. To determine of the wall is a supporting wall, you need to know its' relationship to supporting walls under it and which ways joists a roof rafters run. Any wall running the long length of a house, near the middle, may be a supporting wall and needs special reinforcement if removed.

mpepin 09-30-2009 09:50 PM

I agree with Just Bill, balloon framed houses typically use single story interior walls, just the exterior walls or stairwell walls are 2-story. You'll still have to make sure it's not a load bearing wall carrying floor joists or possibly a post from above.

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