so in effect. a simple wall was put up to close of a small dining room and then a non load wall was removed to make a large bedroom.
Having no use for a bedroom downstairs and the paneling having to go Ive removed all the paneling.
In removing the paneling and drop ceiling i found that what i previously believed was a lathe and plaster living room wall.. is actually a very terribly sanded old drywall wall.
Which opens a world of possibilities.
Being that this wall IS load bearing. I dont want to fully remove it.
There is a section in the middle where ducting is run. I would like to just open a 10 foot section of the wall. and create load bearing supports around the 6'X3' duct.
The header runs the length of the house.
Now that i am leaning towards opening this wall.
Essential in the end it will look like large " m " as there is allready a 8x8 walkthrough for this wall which is original to the house.
Calling for permits tommorrow.
How much do permits cost ballpark is fine. ( central upstate NY)
do i need to get an engineered beam for this total 10foot section?
do i really need to get a structural engineer in to assess? and whats a ballpark figure?
I have a certified contractor who does good work and has been well reccomended in the area for 20 years. he is willing to work with me for $100 a day and good dinner / drinks. ( friend of the family) we will be doing this project on the weekend.
just looking for some simple answers / ballpark figures. Ill have pictures in a day or so.