Best way to remove old exterior wall?

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Posted by: from Cranbrook
1/26/2015 at 9:02:08 PM

We are wanting to remove part of an old exterior wall to make our kitchen bigger so we can put a table. House is 783 Sq ft in total. On a crawl space. Looking at removing 6 ft of wall.

Can we just beam it?

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Date/Time1/26/2015 at 11:16:01 PM

Hi Natalie,

It's a little more complicated than that. You don't give much information about the wall, but I would suggest you hire the proper contractor for the job and consult with him about getting a structural engineer involved, and have the proper permits for it.

And then consider if spending all that money is worth the value of having a bigger table. Perhaps it might be a better option to remove an interior wall instead? Even though a 6 ft bumpout is not long, it should still be done properly to avoid problems down the road.

Good luck.

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Date/Time1/27/2015 at 5:45:01 PM


As Mike posted there is a lot involved in the project you have mentioned.

If you are going to go to the expense of doing that, perhaps you should look at a whole addition the full length or width of the house. Permits and plans will run the same amount of money.

James Fram

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Joel from Rise Renovations in Windsor
Date/Time1/28/2015 at 11:22:08 AM

In most cases it can be done by beaming it. But it is still more complicated than throwing in some posts and a beam. Depending on your house, you will need to transfer you point loads from the beam down through your crawl space, to the proper footings. I would not suggest doing this yourself. There are many, many things that can go dangerously wrong. You will need to have a structural engineer to go on-site to take a look, draw up a plan, and get it approved. Permits will be required for this.

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Manuel from A.A.U. Construction in Toronto
Date/Time2/2/2015 at 7:50:17 PM

Hello Natalie,

I agree with the other posts you have received. If you get an experienced contracter in to take a look at the project site, he should be able to at the least tell you if it's going to be a big deal or not such a big deal. The excisting foundation type will play a big factor in your project, eg: block, poured, or if old enough it could even be two rows of brick side by side) the latter being the worst.

Good luck

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