we want to finish the attic space in our century home we just bought. There are two attic spaces, one on the original part of the house and one on the addition built in the 70's. We want to make them one. My idea is to knock out a roundish hole we can walk through to access both sides. My husband says it's a load bearing brick wall and it can't be done. I don't accept can't be done, there has to be a way of supporting the structure so that we may get the full use of the attic. The attic is not holding up the whole house! Just holding the roof up so can it be done?
Technically it can be done . . . but getting there may be a long process. You would need to have a structural engineer assess if it is a load bering wall and, if so, how best to support it when you make renovations. You would also need to get proper permits from the Township and a contracdtor who is experienced in reading blueprints and following them to the letter (don't want something to disqualify your home insurance).
I hope this helps.
Brett Barager, MSW, CHI
(A Division of Lone-Wolf Enterprises)
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