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We would(well my wife) would like to open up the kitchen to the other rooms. Can that column with the switch and speaker be removed, or the one to the left or right? Any options(feasible) to open this area up? Thanks.
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SIngle story house?
Someone's going to have to go under this area to see if there's a wall, coloum, pipe, some form of support.
Then go in the area above to see which way the joist are run and exactly what's above it.
Is one with the switch in the middle of the house?

Why not leave the coloums in place and just remove the short walls?
Keep in mind anything you remove there's going to be some flooring issues to deal with where they were.

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joe's got it. you really need to look at the whole house if that wall is load bearing. a wrong move could be deadly.
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joe's got it. you really need to look at the whole house if that wall is load bearing. a wrong move could be deadly.

So a structural engineer?
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SIngle story house?
Someone's going to have to go under this area to see if there's a wall, coloum, pipe, some form of support.
Then go in the area above to see which way the joist are run and exactly what's above it.
Is one with the switch in the middle of the house?

Why not leave the coloums in place and just remove the short walls?
Keep in mind anything you remove there's going to be some flooring issues to deal with where they were.
Thanks joe. Yeah good idea but want some counter space to be able to sit toward living room to eat etc.
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If the wall that runs from the ref. to the coloum with the switch on it runs from the front or back of the house to the middle that's the most likly one that not load bearing.
But it still needs to be checked over.
Almost every old house I've worked on has had supporting walls removed at some point.
All had sagging ceiling, cracks in the ceiling, and bounce in the floors above because of there mistake.
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if I were to guess I would think there is a beam above the wall section with the switch.

Joe is spot on, get a professional engineer in there to evaluate your construction and determine a proper course of action or your may not like the outcome. An engineer is cheap money as compared to structural issues.

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