Originally Posted by AllGoNoShow
Just bought a 1930 Colonial that had an addition put on the back of the house in the 80s. Well there are two archways leading into the addition on the first floor (that wall would have been the outside wall prior to the addition). One archway leads into the addition from the dining room, the other one from the kitchen-i want to open up the archway in the kitchen-basically knock down a 4 or 5 foot wall that is there now (which use to be the outside) to extend the kitchen into the addition.
Then I got to thinking,hmm that was prolly a load bearing wall. So how do i know for sure? And how do I know how much I can take down of it without any structural issues (as previously mentioned it already has 2 small archways-one is a 6 foot opening, the other prolly only 4). Thanks for the help.
If it's a one story house, you have to see if the ceiling joists and rafters are sitting on that wall.
If it's a two story house, you have to see if the second floor joists and rafters are sitting on that wall.
If it is a load bearing wall you all structural issues to worry about.
If you're not sure how to figure this out, have a professional come in and look because this kind of stuff is not a Diy'er project.