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Removing load bearing wall advice

Allison Chamberlin
last month
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We had a structural engineer come out today, and he will be writing up some plans for us. The idea I’m most keen to is placing the beam above the ceiling through a ventilation hole on the side of the house. The purpose of removing this load-bearing wall is to be able to add a kitchen island and open the space up.

If I’m able to go with this plan, I’m trying to decide what to do with the sides of the wall. On the left side, there is about a foot and a half wall before an opening. Then, on the right side there is a maybe three inch “wall.” the structural engineer let me know removing the tiny wall would mean losing closet space. I’d rather not do this.

I’m thinking about leaving the left side wall as-is, the header along the top part of the wall as-is, and making the right side wall the same size as the left.

Any opinions, or different ideas? Any kind replies are welcomed!

Wall from living room


Wall from kitchen


Left side of wall and header shot


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