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Building header for angled wall opening under stairs...


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04-04-16, 10:42 PM   #1  
Building header for angled wall opening under stairs...

Hi - We cut an opening in two walls under a staircase. We needed to open up the space to create more of an open concept. We completed the kitchen side and now need to build an angled header on the sunroom side - this is a load bearing wall. I have attached pictures of the finished kitchen side and the open sunroom side. Any and all thoughts, advice on how to build the header for the load bearing wall will be greatly appreciated.

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04-05-16, 03:18 AM   #2  
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Is that an angled ceiling on the other side of the studs or drywall that hasn't been removed from the other side of the opening? What is above that wall?


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04-05-16, 03:20 AM   #3  
It is the underside of the stairs going up... it is the drywall - not planning to remove it.

 
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04-05-16, 03:31 AM   #4  
It's possible the stair stringer might be enough. What is directly above the wall along side of the stairs?
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04-05-16, 03:44 AM   #5  
There is a wall upstairs above the opening... the small sunroom with the wall opening is the same size as a bedroom upstairs above it. We only cut 3 studs... and all other door frames, etc are still intact.

 
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04-05-16, 05:14 AM   #6  
If a header is needed, it would be installed level, right below the ceiling at the highest point of the opening. Then you would simply frame beneath it as needed. The wall would obviously need to be completely opened up on one side to do this, since you would need to add your king studs which must be full length from top to bottom, and trimmers which run from the bottom plate to the header.

 
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04-06-16, 05:21 PM   #7  
Is it possible we don't need to build a header? How would we know if is ok without.?

 
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04-07-16, 03:10 AM   #8  
Do you know what direction the floor joists in the room above run? Is that wall supporting anything when it gets to the attic? Unless you can definitively rule it out as load bearing it would be best to install a header.


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04-07-16, 11:53 AM   #9  
Yes -we think we better add the header... Thank you all so much!!

 
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