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Old 04-16-2010, 03:55 AM   #1
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Footing of interior walls


My house is a two story single family home. Bottom floor is garage, top floor is main living space. Of course, there is footings for all the exterior walls, but all the interior walls of the first floor (enclosing the entry & stairs) are also on footings. I'm thinking about enlarging the entry way into a hallway to addition into the back of the garage.

How do you determine if a the footings are ok to remove? The part that I want to remove is under the center of a 14'x10' bedroom on the main floor.

I will have to talk with engineers or inspectors for permitting this, but just wanted to determine for myself what to expect.

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Old 04-16-2010, 04:59 AM   #2
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Expect that if the wall is on a footing it cannot be just removed. You need to provide an alternate method to support the structure above. So expect that the engineer is needed and the cost to do this work will be substantial.

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