We're interested in buying a 1930s end-of-terrace house in Rugby. The vendors have knocked out a wall to make a kitchen/diner. The HIP says that Building Regs approval wasn't needed. I understand this is the case if the wall wasn't load-bearing. I queried this with the vendor and they say it wasn't load-bearing. But I'm not sure. The floorplans look to me as though the upstairs bedroom wall is immediately above where the kitchen/dining room wall used to be.
I'm wondering if there's a quick way of telling if this is true, short of waiting for a survey to show it. Any ideas much appreciated.
If the wall was load bearing then the ceilings would of collapsed when they took it down if no rsj was put in, a load bearing wall holds the ceiling joists. There may be a stud wall above it that you're mistaking for a brick one!
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