Hello, I need your help!
I want to remove the wall on the 1st floor. I think it's a non load-bearing type.. what do you think? Maybe it serves some structural purpose?
(The wall serves no purpose and only eats usable space... so I really want it gone )
While inspecting I found the builders also notched at an angle part of the the joist leaving only 4 inches (they did this for a decorative small roof on the side of the house plus it's easier to install windows).
So here is some diagrams and pictures. The joist is 2x8 n1 grade.
They also displaced the purple wall to about a foot from exterior-load bearing wall...
q1. Can I remove that red wall without any trouble?? The final span would be 12', but the 2nd floor exterior wall (purple) is displaced by 1 foot... What do you think?
Look at the basement and bedroom above garage, 2x8 joist span 12 feet and there is no beams or any support.
q2. I can cut out the ceiling in the kitchen and add 3' x 7" slices of 3/4" plywood to the joist at the notched area? Is reinforcement needed? The house was built 25 years ago and there is no noticeable defects... but after I remove the red wall, maybe it needs more reinforcement???
The house has 2x4 walls, aluminum siding and there is only 1 layer of shingles... so probably not much weight..
PS. I can actually remove the subfloor in the bedroom above kitchen area and sister full length 2x8 to the existing joists, but I want to avoid this, as I have too much work for me already...