We are looking at purchasing a 35 year old house, custom brick ranch on a full basement. I would like to remove the wall between the LR and den. This wall runs parallel to the roof line, and the length of the house with the exception of doorways and foyer opening about 5 ft. The stairs leading to the basement run parallel to this wall. I suspect this wall may be load bearing, so I called a builder/friend. He told me that since the house is one level on a basement (with steel posts) the "load" is actually on the basement ceiling/ranch floor. He said to look and see if the roof was truss built also. If so, he thinks the wall is not load-bearing and to knock it out. Does this sound reasonable? Also, I am considering moving the basement stairs perpendicular to where they are now, which would require cutting floor joists.
I have read all of the posts about load-bearing walls. Ugh!
Would it be best to take the wall out, leave the stairs as is, and rail and support the opening with pillars?