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Load bearing walls/Installing laminate support beam

Old 12-15-10, 12:06 PM
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Load bearing walls/Installing laminate support beam

Hi guys,
I want to renovate our kitchen/living room in my split-level home. I want to have a completly open floor plan, and am wondering what I need to do to do it. I included some photos of our situation. I do not know if any of the existing area we want to remove is a support wall, and if so, can I install a laminate beam across the span of the the attic to reinforce instead? Also, we want to have the option to build another level above in future years. So I believe we would need to change out the 2x6 joists for atleast 2x10s. Not sure how to do that with the current 2x6 joist running completly from one side to the other right now.

Kitchen View Area to be removed

Another Angle with Joist Orientation

View From the Attic - 2x6s for Joints with a 2x12 spanning some but not all

Other side of room

View from Basement

Supports in Crawlspace underneath the kitchen

Further back view of crawlspace with middle support
Old 12-20-10, 03:46 PM
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Do yourself a favor & hire an architect to draw some plans, especially if you want to file the changes with the building dept.
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i would pull the drywall off and see what is in there.

if you are lucky. the framing is load bearing. this way, you can add vertical beams that you like. as opossed to beams already being there that you may not be able to move.

beams going up through an island can be very elegant and classy.

if you are SUPER LUCKY there is no load bearing. i doubt that.

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