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Removing Kitchen Soffit - load bearing??

Old 09-18-11, 05:28 PM
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Removing Kitchen Soffit - load bearing??

I'm in the processing of removing the soffit in my Kitchen that is over my cabinets. After removing most of the drywall, I saw that it was framed was 2' x 8' that expands the length of the kitchen. A friend who is helping thought that they might be load bearing.

My house is a 1960's tri-level with a gable roof. The kitchen is on the main floor, no second floor over it. There main floor is 25' x 22' with a load bearing wall that divides the kitchen(11' x 13'),dining room(11' X 9') and living room (14' x 22).

The soffit extends about 30" from the wall and housed recessed lights and L shape. The walls that the soffit is on: One wall backup against the upper and lower, and the second wall against the exteior (load bearing wall). As i stated, the framing consists of 2 x 8 on both walls.

I will appreciate any help or advice. Thanks
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If it is only a single 2/8 it doesn't sound load bearing to me along with what each end of this 2x8 is sitting on. Load bearing beams also are supported by load points posts that sit on either footing or foundation. If your roof trusses are preformed engineered structures built off site, the roof load is being transferred to the outer walls. There would be no load to support in this case I think.
Old 09-19-11, 03:43 PM
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The term "Load Bearing" refers to carrying structural loads. Soffits and kitchen cabinets are not structural members.

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