removing load bearing wall

Old 05-19-04, 10:49 AM
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removing load bearing wall

I have a standard split level home. My family room is on the bottom level next to my garage. The dimensions are 10’ X 20’ family room and a 10’ X 20’ garage. I hope to remove the 20’ cinder block, load bearing, wall separating the two rooms to make a 20’ X 20’ family room. I say load bearing because it supports the top floor of the split-level. I hope it’s possible to remove the wall and not have any columns in the middle. Can someone tell me if this is even possible? Also, what kind of expert help should I seek, in terms of calculating the size of load and beam size…?
Old 05-20-04, 07:17 AM
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Yes this is possible

the question is at what cost?
A 20' clear span beam isn't that big of a span. However the load on it will determine the size. I suggest hiring a structural engineer to devolp the plan for this remodel
Old 05-20-04, 07:42 AM
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Thanks! My question was really where do I go for help and you had the answered I was looking for, thanks again!

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