Load Bearing Doorway or Not?

Old 05-04-22, 05:38 AM
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Load Bearing Doorway or Not?

Hello everyone,

I'm a new homeowner and DIY enthusiast. We're looking to remove some walls in our entry way to make it feel less congested. I've included some pictures of what I have uncovered. I don't believe the doorway to be load bearing based on the double header nearby. I was planning on removing the doorway framing to have a continuous ceiling line into the kitchen. I was planning on adding joist hangers to all of the joists I exposed for additional support.

Is there anyone out there who believes the doorway may be bearing some load? I know the structural design of the doorway is poor but I wasn't sure if it should be corrected to bear load. Any opinions or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Any wall running perpendicular and in contact with the floor joists could be load bearing. Can't tell how tight the floor joists above the doorway are attached to the carrying beam. It appears there are double floor joists above each edge of the door opening . Can't tell why. In most construction the floor joist rest on top of the carrying beam.
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I doubt it.
Below are a couple reasons.
Door way does not even have jack stud on the left side.
There is not a decent sized header over the doorway,
Old 05-06-22, 05:52 AM
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Is there anyone out there who believes the doorway may be bearing some load?
That would probably be a great question for the architect who would certify your plans!

Seriously, your going to rebuild a something involving possible load bearing walls and not have the knowledge of what your getting into?
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beelze - They are tight and nailed directly to the beam. There is a double floor joist to the left of the staircase opening but the left wall is just a 2x4 scabbed against the joist. I'm assuming for fastening the drywall

manden - That was my thoughts. Doorway opening was poorly constructed if it was to properly bear load. I spoke to an architectural friend of mine and he suspects we may have had a fold back stair case in the past and that's why there appears to be a larger existing opening

Marq - yes
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Eh, have to mention
"Fawlty Towers" The Builders (TV Episode 1975) - IMDb
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Basil at the end, on his way to insert gnome into OíReilly Ė I remember well. Thatís the first thing I think of when load bearing walls are mentioned.

I donít know if this is helpful at all, I got a little lost on how you can use the roof to determine what is load bearing.



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