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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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