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Can I remove this wall?

mrskaridixonJanuary 15, 2013
I am looking into purchasing a house that has a half wall and spindles. could I remove the spindles and close up the wall? Is it load bearing? What are my options?
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
You asked if you could close it up. If you plan to do that, then it would not matter if it is load bearing, except in what order to remove things and rebuild the wall. If you want to get rid of it and not close it up, then you need an engineer to look at it and provide guidance. We can't see the ceiling in your picture but my guess would be that it is not loadbearing.
    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 1:05PM
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Here is another picture.
    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 1:28PM
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
Thanks for the additional picture. It probably is loadbearing, but if so, it would already have some sort of beam embedded within the wall as the spindles could not provide the needed support. A contractor or engineer could tell you quickly and help you understand your options.
    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 1:34PM
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Thank you.
    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 1:43PM
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I would get a pro to come in and do the job. I think it would look nicer filled in rather than open.
    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 1:55PM
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Carrie, I agree. I think it would look very nice finished with sheetrock.
    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 2:04PM
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