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#### Mstrlucky74

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If i have a wall between living room and dining room that load bearing but I want to remove the wall to create open space can I do that and somehow install something to bear the load but keep open concept? Thanks

#### Nealtw

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Anything is possible with enough money.

A lot depends on what the load is, that is evenly spread on a foundation and footing.

The size of a beam is calculated by the load and span and then that weight has to be transferred to the foundation and depending on the amount of weight, the footing has to be enlarged to take the load sometimes.

Sometimes you have to have the beam showing where the wall was and sometimes you can hide the beam or most of it in the ceiling.

Mostly all these questions are for engineers.

But first, how have you determined that it is a bearing wall?

#### Mstrlucky74

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Anything is possible with enough money.

A lot depends on what the load is, that is evenly spread on a foundation and footing.

The size of a beam is calculated by the load and span and then that weight has to be transferred to the foundation and depending on the amount of weight, the footing has to be enlarged to take the load sometimes.

Sometimes you have to have the beam showing where the wall was and sometimes you can hide the beam or most of it in the ceiling.

Mostly all these questions are for engineers.

But first, how have you determined that it is a bearing wall?
Thanks. Not sure how I determine. Havent gotten into house yet, just did walk thrus. Will have friend who is handy/ wood workers help me determine if it's load bearing. Have feeling it is.

#### Nealtw

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Thanks. Not sure how I determine. Havent gotten into house yet, just did walk thrus. Will have friend who is handy/ wood workers help me determine if it's load bearing. Have feeling it is.
Basement, slab or crawl space?

Roof above or another floor?

#### huesmann

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Photos of room, attic (if any) above, and space (if any) below.

#### Old Thomas

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You are in NY. The code requires a permit for structural work. It is likely that the code office will require a drawing and professional stamp. I seldom hire anyone, but in this case you need a design professional (architect or engineer). You need the right sized beam of the right materials, with the right connections and adequate support all the way to a footing. Also, during construction it needs temporary support located out of the way of installing the beam. Don’t guess or have someone on a forum do structural design for you. If you do, it might work, it might sag or cause bouncy floors, or it could collapse and kill someone.

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