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I own a house; the original homestead was built in 1939, and

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I own a house; the original homestead was built in 1939, and a large add-on was built in 1955. It was horribly designed and the configuration is baffling. I want to change quite a bit of the floor plan.
How can I tell which walls absolutely must not be removed and are load bearing? Obviously the exterior walls, but with a shower the size of a coffin in the master bath (!) something's gotta give.
Thanks for any advice.
Beth
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 12 months ago.

Hello

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 12 months ago.

How many floors is the home?

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 12 months ago.

Is there a basement?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Just one floor, no basement. Crawl space about 20"
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 12 months ago.

Thank you. If the walls are perpendicular to the joists, they should be assumed to be load bearing. They can still be removed as long as beams are sized to replace the wall.

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