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Old Yesterday, 05:57 PM   #1
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Is this wall holding up structure?


Hey guys,

I hired a general contractor to remodel my kitchen and was told this wall and soffit could be removed. Thought I would post on here to get a second opinion.

I live in southern California so a little worried about the stability of the house. At the same time, I'm hoping he is right so we can have our dream kitchen.

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Do the rafters in the dining room go right to the top with out an support in the middle?

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Re: Is this wall holding up structure?


My non engineer opinion.
Red post is main support for blue beams. CAN NOT be simply removed. Some major engineering and additional support will be needed to remove it.
Green stud can be removed. Blue beam above is the support.

Plywood looks like possible earthquake shear wall. Not sure about rules on that stuff. We don't have to deal with earthquakes here.



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Yes, they go all the way up without any support in the rest of the house.

Joed, thanks for the disappointing assessment. I was really hoping it could all be pulled out without issue.
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Like said, I'm not an engineer.
It now appears those beams are not holding anything up but the wall. It MAY be possible to remove them.
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Yeah, that's good to go. make sure they are looking after venting in the soffit area.
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Yeah, based on that last pic you have a ridge beam that's holding up the roof structure. I don't believe anything below the ceiling is structural, except the exterior walls (and of course the beam itself).
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