Removing drywall near stairs

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Old 05-16-20, 06:26 AM
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Removing drywall near stairs

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I am wondering if anyone here has removed drywall next to their stairs to make the home have a more open feel. If so, is it a tough project to do? What would I need to do before even thinking of taking on this project?

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Old 05-16-20, 06:34 AM
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Whether it's a load bearing wall or not, you would need one long header from the landing to the far side of the doorway. And stairways cannot be "open", they need to have a handrail and ballusters if the open side would create a fall zone of 30" or more.
 
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Yes, I would add a railing. Just wondering about the wall I guess. I'm 99.9% sure it is not load bearing. I would inquire with a professional before doing this to be sure.
 
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Like I said, it really doesn't matter if its load bearing or not as far as the size and length of header is concerned. But if it is load bearing, you will have a lot of ceiling to support while you install the header.

IMO, not a lot of bang for the buck.
 
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