Folks, I have an annoying load bearing wall. How do I remove it? Could you guide me? In case I choose to get permits from the city what do I need to provide them?
I know I need to have plans of the house. But how about the structural engineer? Do I understand correctly that after I get a plan from structural engineer and I get it approved with city I will have to bring in a framer? Then how do I control the work of the framer? Namely, should I wait for the city inspection?
What are your dos and don'ts with load bearing walls?
I do have to remove it...
In effect, you need someone to design the change and figure out if steel is needed vs wood framing. It is not hard to get the work down if the plans are clear. You will need clear plans for sign off so they know the building is safe.
You need to cost this out. It can be expensive. That said, it might make a world of difference. So, cost vs new floor plan and the impact on the value.
If your trying to open up the wall to create an open concept then typically a wood header, LVL will work. You will need it designed by an architect or engineer if your getting a permit. If it’s bearing due to a second floor point load you will need to follow the loads down to the floor below and if there is a basement follow down there as well. This why an architect or engineer is required. You are doing structural work there is no way a permit is not required. Just a FYI.
See the below thread where I gave comments to your same questions:
To @Kenneth Garrett point, seems that there are many people looking to do this removal and have no idea what they are getting themselves into. As Kenneth said, contact a local architect or engineer. You muddy the waters by attempting it yourself and take the liability of incorrectly sizing the support member and/or correctly transferring the load to the current/new foundation.
Jared Smith, RA
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