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Is This Wall Load Bearing as Wanting to Make Bedroom Bigger

Postby Wottsy2000 » Sun May 10, 2020 4:01 pm

Pics: https://imgur.com/gallery/sNOWdwS

*quick note to say id never go ahead with knocking this down based on advice received over the internet. If, however, someone can point out that’s it obviously is load bearing, I’ll give up on the idea.*

I’m currently ripping my house to pieces since I have nothing better to do (mid terrace 1930s). I also have the smallest bathroom ever so figured that might be something to rectify. We have a larger than necessary landing area at the top of the stairs and I can add about a foot of useful space to the tiny bathroom if I move the wall (pics one and two)

I’m trying to establish whether the wall is load bearing. It runs parallel to the floor joists below and spans about half way across the width of the house. As far as I can tell, the wall sits between the two floor joists in pic three (taken from downstairs where looking up at where the ceiling used to be. The roof construction is shown in pics 4 and 5 with the struts (?) bearing down our bedroom wall which sits on an rsj below (so is obviously load bearing). The next few pics show where the ceiling joists meet the wall plate in the loft. 4 ceiling joists are in contact with it. It then disappears into another wall that runs perpendicular parallal with a ceiling joists (wall plate shown in last pic).

As far as I can see there is no way this wall is transferring any load to the foundations since it is sitting on floorboards and parallel with floor joists. However the fact it is perpendicular to, and butted up against, ceiling joists seems to suggest it is doing something?
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Postby stoneyboy » Mon May 11, 2020 9:49 pm

Hi wottsy2000
You must get a structural surveyor in to look into this.
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