Is this soffit load bearing?


Old 02-02-18, 12:13 PM
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Is this soffit load bearing?


I'm currently remodeling our kitchen and I'm tackling tearing out a soffit that surrounds the half of two walls and the full length of another wall. I've attached two photos.



I tore into one and before I yank it out can you tell if this is load bearing? I don't believe it to be since it's a 2x4 running across it. If it were loading bearing I'd imagine there would be 2 2x12's or something spanning that length.

Also, any idea why a soffit would be here? This home was built in 1959. I know that they sometimes hide plumbing and what not, but I'm thinking there may be some in one little corner and that's it.

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Old 02-02-18, 01:22 PM
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There is nothing below the soffit and it's hanging from the ceiling so it can not be load bearing.
Old 02-02-18, 01:33 PM
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Only reason I can think of it being is decoration.
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Is this a kitchen? often there will be a soffit that comes down to the cabinet height. I assume a wall used to be where the plastic is hung.
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The soffit obviously isnt, but we have no way of knowing if that is a header behind the soffit there on the left side. One would assume that it is there for a reason.

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