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Room extension with supporting wall???

Old 05-03-12, 02:27 AM
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Room extension with supporting wall???

Good morning

I would really appreciate any professional advise regarding our possible room extension... please see attached pictures.

We have two bedrooms on top of each other and we would like to extend the bottom bedroom but leave the top bedroom as is... but the new ceiling of the extended piece of the bottom bedroom will create the floor of the top bedrooms new balcony.

The obvious problem is that the bottom bedrooms exterior wall is a supporting wall. How do we go about extending this room with a supporting (load-bearing) wall?
We don't want to see the old wall on the inside of the bottom bedroom (if you know what I mean). I have heard that we could use beams... would these beams be visible or built into the new walls of the extended room?

The first picture is the current view from the bottom bedroom... we want to extend it out to where the 'flower box' (new bricks in picture) are.

The second picture is the outside view.

Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards
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Old 05-03-12, 03:22 AM
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Welcome to the forums! And thanks for the pix. Load bearing walls can't be moved. They can be modified with beams, but they most likely won't be invisible, depending on the structure above. Most times beams are placed below the flooring joists of the room above and you have...what you have. We would be remiss in advising either way on this project, as it has its merits and downfalls. I would definitely engage the service of a structural engineer to let them go on site and determine, first if the project is feasible, and secondly, how it would be achieved. You will not only have to deal with structural, but with potential water from above if you plan a deck. This would not, IMO, be an ideal situation, but it could be doable. Let us know how this pans out.

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