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Question DetailsAsked on 7/31/2013

how much should it cost to remove a load baring wall?

We are looking to have part of a load bearing wall taken out. It runs from the exterior wall of the haouse to an interior wall, about 9.5 feet total.

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Of course, it depends what the load is - whether it is carrying floor load from above only, or floor and some roof load, etc. If there is another load-bearing wall bearing above it, then more difficult. If there is no load-bearing wall above it, then not too hard. 9-1/2 feet is not too long - should be able to handle with 12" deep beam. If this can be exposed (sticking down from ceiling, either made into architectural element or drywalled in or covered with a faux arch facade, maybe) then pretty easy to do. If has to be recessed into floor above then much tougher, because rather than just supporting the overhead floor joists while the wall is removed and the beam put in, all the floor joists will have to be supported and cut to fit and be supported against the side rather than on top of the beam.

This is probably supporting joists for the floor above, which run from the beam to the foundation walls both ways from there. Therefore, the support capability has to be retained. There are two ways - one is to put in a beam with post supports that replaces the wall (probably about $1,000-2,500), the other is to put in a heavier beam that can free span the entire distance. This could run $2-4,000 if the beam can sit under the floor joists in the ceiling, possibly as much as $3-6,000 if has to be concealed in the floor above. If there is another floor below the floor this wall is on, then even more as the load then has to be carried down to through floor too.

Google this search phrase for more info and case histories - replace load bearing wall cost . It is not unusual for it to cost $10,000 to replace a load bearing wall 12-20' long. Yours is not this long, but depending on building configuration, could come uncomfortably close.

BTW - this definitely requires a professional design by an engineer - if you have an architect he can get it handled, otherwise a structural engineer dealing in residential designs.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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