Hey, everyone. I'd like to remove a section of wall between my living room and kitchen, and I'm not sure if the section is load-bearing or not. Are there any easy ways to tell, or do I need to hire a professional? Here's a picture of the section of wall I want to remove (highlighted in red).
You hire a pro. Even with a good description of what you have or pictures the best anyone here can do is give you a 'probable' answer. That's not good enough for possible structural changes.
Find yourself somebody local with some structural knowledge and have them take a look firsthand.
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there are some general rules, but they go out the window if folks did silly things like relocate walls off the point load supports, chop up a real load-bearing long wall with a bunch of little crosswise walls, etc.
the Internet is blameless. you want somebody responsible to make the right decision, you want a local guy who might even punch a couple holes to make sure he's not going to tell you wrong.
sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
If you decide to remove a load-bearing wall you will need to plan for additional costs and seek professional advice. Often when considering a renovation, homeowners wonder if a particular wall in their home is a structural load-bearing wall or not.
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