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jsmith1107 03-03-2019 01:44 PM

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I am working on a remodeling project, and for those of you who are on this forum a lot, yes I am asking a lot of questions. Just trying to get my ducks in a row so when it actually warms up in Wisconsin I can start on my project.

Anyway--as you can see in the picture I have a couple of supports on this wall and thinking about a couple of things--1. maybe want to open the wall up completely and if so, how big a header would I need (supporting wall)? 2. thinking maybe about putting an island in like the picture---I should be able to do that rather easy because I have those three openings already (as you can see in the pictures) but I would probably change it to 2 openings.


AND YES, the house is very outdated. haha

3onthetree 03-03-2019 06:33 PM

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I'm sure you already know that's bearing probably splitting a 24' wide house down the middle like most. Any size opening is possible, so come up with your kitchen plan first so you know the exact opening you want and whether you can live with columns like in the example. Also verify the basement beam, column support, and roof structure and give all the info to a structural engineer or a lumberyard who uses one.

Then you gotta find a re-use for those railings, maybe like for a ladder toss game?

jsmith1107 03-03-2019 07:51 PM

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Yeah, that is quite the look on that house right now isn't it? haha.

Thanks for the info.

NEMick 03-03-2019 09:05 PM

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Quite the design they made there. I would talk you your local code enforcement office and nail down their requirements. After that check with a local lumber yard to help you spec an LVL. This is all quite easy to do and can probably be done using the LVL manufacturers published span tables.

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Nealtw 03-03-2019 09:17 PM

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Basement, crawl space. How is this supported. If it is a wall on a footing, the fear is over loading spots on a footing not designed for that.

jsmith1107 03-07-2019 10:54 AM

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right below this wall is the supports in the basement.

Nealtw 03-07-2019 11:10 AM

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Originally Posted by jsmith1107 (Post 5785685)
right below this wall is the supports in the basement.

So the beam was designed to carry a load over the span, then the question is will it handle the same load that is landing in one or two areas between the posts in the basement. That looks like 2x12s laminated to make a beam, for over kill you could just add another layer to that, the load on the posts does not change.

It would be reasonable to match the size of this beam to the one upstairs if the one upstairs is not longer than the same section downstairs.

When you load the floor upstairs with 3 jacks and a king stud, make sure you come down and put solid blocking between the joists to support that 6" right down to the beam.

jsmith1107 03-07-2019 11:19 AM

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I could put another post in the basement beneath the wall to help support it couldn't I? Basically, I am looking to get rid of the two end beams (in the top picture). The two middle ones will still be there as in the picture above of the beautiful kitchen.

Nealtw 03-07-2019 11:23 AM

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Originally Posted by jsmith1107 (Post 5785715)
I could put another post in the basement beneath the wall to help support it couldn't I?

That would require a footing below the floor.
I think you said you were leaving 2 posts at the island, where would they land on the beam in the basement. I really don't think you have big deal here.

3onthetree 03-07-2019 11:48 AM

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Looks like the stair is to the right of the living and the basement lally falls about under that upstairs post with the outlet.

If you're just eliminating a post to give like a 6' or 8' opening, more than likely the basement structure could be sufficient. If you were to span the whole living room, then the basement beam would have to be looked at.

jsmith1107 03-07-2019 01:14 PM

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perfect, thanks guys. BTW, now I have a window question in the window section of the forum. haha

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