Non--load-bearing wall in kitchen/diner project

Postby » Thu May 13, 2010 11:37 am

Hi there

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.


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Postby Dan the man » Thu May 20, 2010 9:26 pm

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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