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.
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.
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.