Re: Removing a load bearing wall
Two words: structural engineer.
I don't know how persnickety building inspectors are where you live, but around here no inspector is going to sign off on the project without drawings from a licensed structural engineer. Even so, I'd probably start out with an experienced* framing contractor, home designer, or architect who can give you some design advice (offer to pay them for their advice, since if you're going to do it yourself they have no incentive to do a free estimate). They'll be able to give you a rough idea of what will & won't work, and maybe propose some ideas that you hadn't thought of. That should save quite a bit of time & money when you finally go to the engineer. Many engineers are great at figuring out how to make a particular design strong, but they aren't always good at making aesthetically pleasing or lowest-cost designs.
*By "experienced" I don't just mean someone who's been doing it a long time, but someone who has an understanding of wood, design, and construction practices. There are lots of "experienced" contractors out there that can't figure out how to build something without a complete set of plans already drawn.
Last edited by Fencepost; 01-12-2015 at 12:01 AM.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.