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Old 12-22-2011, 10:24 AM   #1
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I would like to open up part of an interior top floor wall to turn a bedroom into a loft. The wall spans 16 feet. At either end the height is 4 feet 6 inches and rises to 8 feet 1 inch over a span of 5 feet. The remaining 6 feet is the area I want to open up.
My home was built in 1900. I popped my head into the attic above and took note that the beams run perpendicular to the wall.
The current framing of the wall does not indicate this is a load bearing wall. There are no support studs directly under where I believe the beams rest.
My plan is to construct a header to span across the 6 foot opening. This would be constructed of 2 - 2 x 6 with 1/2 inch plywood sandwiched between. Then add a 2 x 4 bottom plate. I would install (2 - 2 x 4's each side) king studs at the points where the roof changes from slanted to flat. Then use jack studs (1 - 2 x 4 each side) to support the header. Does this sound correct?

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Never mind what?
I started to ask questions about why the 2x6's and got busy. I'll go back and read your post again right now.


I see. I think you have it figured out. I don't see what I would tell you to do different.

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Thank you for your input. I have photos of the wall but am not sure how to upload them (if that's at all possible)
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If it is not a load bearing wall you could get away with just one 2x4 on the flat for a "header".

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