Removing wall?!?

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Old 08-17-00, 09:02 AM
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I have a two-story colonial-style home, about 50 yrs. old. There is a foyer just inside the front door with a stairway straight ahead enclosed on both sides by walls that come all the way to the bottom of the stairs. To the left of the stairway is a hall going into the kitchen. I would like to open up a portion of the wall between the stairs and the hall and add spindles and a banister. The wall is perpendicular to the main ridge of the roof and extends all the way up through the second story. I believe it is not load-bearing, and we would only open up the wall up to about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way up the stairs. Is this possible, and how difficult would it be for a do-it-yourselfer?? Are there any sites that would address this subject and possibly show pictures of railings and stairways?

Thanks for any advice you can offer!
 
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Old 08-19-00, 05:57 AM
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I would suggest this is a load bearing wall. Go to the basement. Is there a wall or a beam under or within a foot or two of the wall you are refering to? If so the wall is structural. You can remove all or a portion of the wall with proper replacement by beams and posts. This is a major undertaking.One should be a little more than just a handyman. Assess your capabilities, time availability and stress level. Bon Chance!
 
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