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How Do I Add a Window In a Load Bearing Wall?

Answered by Brendan ~ September 19, 2011 ~ No Comments

I need assistance in removing a wall from my home. I want to add a very large "window" that would open up the kitchen/dining area on one side and a living/family room area on the other.

Symea R. ~ Salt Lake City, UT

Brendan Fowler

Typically you should be able to add a header into a bearing wall to eliminate studs. However, you will need to consult with an engineer first to make sure that there is sufficient foundation beneath to pick up the new point loads created by adding a large bearing beam. Removing a bearing wall entirely generally can't happen; you are going to be left with a post, a short wall or something that continues to bear the load the wall once did; unless you can tuck posts into existing walls that can hold the new beam. An engineer and your local building department will be able answer any all questions you may have in regard to a project of this nature. Good luck!

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