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Removing 1/2 of a load bearing wall

16 years ago

We live in a ranch home but it's not a normal ranch floor plan (it's built into a hill - basement is a finished/walkout). Our upstairs living room is 12'x15' and opens to the "dining room" in the front of the house which is also 12'x15'. Between the two rooms is a wall that we think is load bearing. The wall has a large opening for the living room, and another door to our bedroom.

We're looking to make the living room a bedroom 9x12 by adding a wall 9' from the window. This leaves us a space of 6x12 however if we can remove 7 1/2 of the load bearing wall 4' on one side, 3 1/2 on the other to either side of the current opening, the space would open up into our other room and that room would be 18'x15'.

Not sure if this makes sense. I have pictures but can't figure out how to upload them. We know we will need to hire someone to do the tear down/beams, but otherwise plan to do the new wall/door ourselves with the help of family.

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