Doorless doorway

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Old 08-26-15, 06:42 AM
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Doorless doorway

Hello, I am looking to open up a doorway between my foyer and living room. I use 'doorway' loosely as there is no door there. It is a rather wide opening as is (close to 5' or so), and just looks to be a transition between the two rooms. The wall is parallel with the floor joists so I am not too concerned about it being load bearing. My question is with regards to the header. I don't see any reason why it cannot be removed, but wanted to check to see what experience is out there regarding a header between 2 rooms...where there is not (or never was) a door. My guess is that it was for appearance purposes to show a separation between rooms. I just want the ceiling running from one room to the next with no interruption.

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Old 08-26-15, 07:51 AM
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What is directly above that wall? If there is no load the header can be removed.
 
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Old 08-26-15, 08:00 AM
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A bedroom, but that is it. Nothing crazy like a chimney or elephant or anything.
 
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You need to determine if it's a load bearing wall. If it's load bearing the header must stay [maybe replaced with a bigger one depending on how you open it up] Do you know if the floor/ceiling joists run parallel to or across that wall?
 
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Old 08-26-15, 08:13 AM
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Joists run parallel with the wall. Leads me to believe it is not load bearing.
 
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I would agree .................
 
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Old 08-26-15, 08:19 AM
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Sounds good, header will come out. Thanks for the input
 
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