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Old 09-25-2011, 12:45 AM   #1
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We have a small galley kitchen that we are wanting to expand by removing an 8ft wall with a door that connects the kitchen and laundry room. I am trying to determine if this a load bearing wall, and if it is....is it short enough that the studs in the perpendicular walls will hold it up if it is?

I've attached a simple floor plan of the house to help. It's 1250 sq ft, slab foundation, 1 story.
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its impossible to tell with just that info. In fact, impossible to say for sure via the internet regardless. Only an educated guess.


which way are the joists running?

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Is the roof stick built or is the roof trussed? That will be a big help.

Need more info--but the likelihood is that is a partition and not a bearing wall.
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:17 PM   #4
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if its the wall i think it is, it most definitely will be a load bearing wall if the roof is stick framed, if its trusses it shouldnt be a problem. even still i would consult a contrator locally who can better examine the attic space to look at the roof system
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Old 09-26-2011, 12:22 PM   #5
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The roof is truss built and they run perpendicular to the wall. It is the wall between the kitchen and existing laundry room (I put an arrow to it), and the wall that runs through the living room will remain.
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You need to post photos of the framing. A lot of people do not understand what a truss is, and mistakenly think they have trusses when they do not. The definition of a load bearing wall is a wall that holds more load than its own weight. The only way to tell if a wall is load bearing is to examine the structure immediately above the wall to see if there are any structural elements such as floor joists bearing on the wall. It is simply impossible to tell from your diagram, you need to post pictures and a diagram of the framing above the wall.
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Ok thanks, will get some pictures up.
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Here are pictures, in the first one(above the kitchen) the wall in question is running parrallell to the roof supports, whereas in the 2nd picture (above the rest of the house) it is perpendicular. However the change is above the wall that is in between the living room and kitchen which is not going anywhere.
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looks like straight forward trusses, you should be fine but still consult a contractor

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