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Old 01-31-14, 06:22 PM
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Closet wall removal - Load bearing or not?

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We are thinking about remove the walk-in closet wall and extending the bedroom. Is the wall a load bearing wall? What would be the approximate cost of removing this one?

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BTW this is a 1 story house

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Old 01-31-14, 06:31 PM
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Yes it is. It looks like the ceiling joists on either side are not continuous, they break on top of that wall. So the wall cannot be removed. But you likely could remove the wall if you installed a header in it's place.

As far as prices are concerned... this is a DIY site.
 
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Thank you.

Is it bad that the ceiling joists break ? Would that prevent adding a load bearing beam?

Would it be possible to add a concealed beam?
 
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Old 01-31-14, 06:43 PM
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Bad? Not necessarily. Load bearing beam (header) is possible, provided the framing that distributes the weight of that header is strong enough to support the point loads. The same would apply in the case of a concealed beam (all joists would need to be in joist hangers.)

You say it's one story. One story on a cement slab? Or one story over a basement or crawlspace?
 
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Yes 1 story on a cement slab. Does that help in anyway?

No basements unfortunately in Texas
 
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Old 01-31-14, 08:01 PM
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That would be quite an undertaking to conceal the beam. You would have to build a temporary wall on both sides of that wall to hold up the ceiling while you replaced the center header. The ceiling joists would have to get cut back to allow for the new header and then fastened with joist hangers.

The biggest problem is you'll need to add structural beams in the walls to take the load of the missing wall studs.

The house on a slab should be a plus.

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Thank you for the detailed reply.

What do you think of the idea of adding the 4 ft to the room? My plan is to eliminate the walk in closet and build a shallower wall closet.

Would it increase the value of the house because the room is 4ft longer?
 
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Old 02-01-14, 07:28 PM
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Without being there, in the room, it's hard to tell if it'll increase the value. Some people value larger closets.
 
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Walk in closets are a huge plus. I would certainly not remove it.
 
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Thank you. I was thinking of removing it because the room is 11x11 pretty small; doing this would make it 11x15
 
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You need to compare the cost/reward...... and women like closets!! We have a small walk in closet. My clothes take up less than 25% but my wife has it full along with a couple of bins under the bed and closets/dressers in other rooms. If you were to extend the bed rm - what would you do for closet space?
 
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@marksr

This is for a kid's bedroom. That's why I'm not too sure about the need for closet space.

The master br is satisfying my room size/closet space.

Any thoughts in terms of impact at resale?
 
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You still need to have a closet for the room to be considered a bed rm. Dealing with a load bearing wall increases the work/expense involved and I'm not convinced it's worth the effort/expense ...... but I'm not the one that lives there
 
 

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