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Question DetailsAsked on 3/31/2015

On average how much is a kitchen pass through on a load bearing wall and non load bearing wall.

I am interested in a 4' by 4' opening with framing on both sides and a small counter on the dining room side

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If you can handle a slight bit less than 4 feet (by 1-1/2" or so) then in a normal wall that is 2 studs being cut and a 4.5-5.5 foot header over the top depending on code rules - not a significant thing assuming that there is continuous wall underneath if this is a load-bearing wall. In that case (as opposed to cases where the underlying area has also been opened up) the cost for load-bearing and non-bearing are very similar - just a bit more propping up needed during the construction.

You can find a couple of responses to similar questions below (whether opening is 4 feet or 6 or 8 does not really affect the construction cost that much), and more if you put the phrase "load bearing" into Ask - and each question you look at will have more related ones listed below it from that list.

one other thing to consider depending on dining room size - consider having the counter either hinge to drop down or lift out like a dining room table leaf, for more dining room use space when needed - probably about $100-200 more IF planned for in advance.

Depending on whether you are having them dress out the opening with drywall and paint or wood panelling or corian or what, and how fancy you get with the breakfast counter, probably $500-1000 range for non-load bearing wall and normal off-the-shelf materials assuming there are no utilities being relocated, and about 50% or so more for load bearing because you will likely need an engineer's or architect's plan to be able to get a building permit, which adds some cost - and the openign has to be larger at the top to put in the header and framing studs on each side. If load-bearing and there is NOT a full load-bearing wall underneath (or the foundation slab) can commonly add another 50-100% to the load-bearing case cost depending on your situation.

Don't forget while you are doing it if you want lighting over that counter - might be easier to put in while opening is opened up than after it is built depending on where wires have to be pulled from.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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