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Posted by David on April 11th, 2003 11:03 PM
In reply to removal of non-load bearing walls by leslie on April 11th, 2003 04:50 PM [Go to top of thread]

Leslie, first you'll need to be 100% sure neither of these walls is load-bearing; being 90 to each other, one of them COULD be bearing.

The next issue is what's inside those walls; wiring, plumbing & any ductwork could be an issue.

Bearing or not, one option you would have would be to create large "windows" in the walls, leaving a header beam across the ceiling line, and retaining full-height columns at each end. This would relieve you of any ceiling work.

Being a smooth painted ceiling, if the walls are truly petitions rather than bearing, and free of service runs, you could remove the existing walls entirely & patch in the voids left in the ceiling with little problem.

I'd see no reason to not make use of the existing framing instead of starting from scratch, but I would plan to remove all existing drywall from them to allow for some additional framing to be added to stiffen the new half-walls & counters.

Good luck & have the load bearing & service run issues checked out before opening things up.

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