Knock down part of internal wall


Postby asfred » Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:10 pm

Hi there, I am new to this forum, though have used a lot of the advice on here to help with renovating my house.
I have an internal wall, on my 1st floor, in a cupboard. I am looking to put in a staircase to the loft space.
The wall runs the same direction as my ceiling joists, so pretty sure it is not load bearing. There is also no wall below it (the stairs are below).
My question is how easily, bearing in mind that you agree it's not load bearing, is it to take out say the top metre or so of this wall?
Would I need to put any structure back in it's place?
Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Postby acsimpson » Wed Oct 28, 2009 3:04 pm

You also need to bear in mind that something needs to take the load of your staircase. Getting a structural engineer in may seem like a lot of expense but it may save you even more in the long run.

Having said that removing the top of a wall should be fairly easy. How you would go about it would depend on it's structure. And as with a lot of jobs the hard part is getting a decent finish once the jobs done.
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Postby ironmonkey » Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:09 pm

Also depends what type of construction the wall is.The ceiling joists will need to be strengthened to take the top of the stair case.Fairly straight forward job by the sounds of it.
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