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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:00 am 
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Hi,

I’m trying to determine the likelihood of whether a particular wall which has been removed was (or wasn’t) load-bearing. I have had a chartered surveyor look inside the house and originally he informed us when inspecting the house that he didn’t think it was load-bearing, but later he phoned us and said he had reviewed the floor plans further and thinks it may actually have been load-bearing. The removal of the wall didn’t go through building regulations which is affecting our decision on whether to buy the house. I know it’s impossible to determine over the internet, but any advice would be appreciated. I have attached the floor plan layouts of the house before and after the wall was removed between the kitchen and dining room.

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It does not look like a supporting wall to me as it is not apparently under an upstairs dividing wall. Quite frankly if it was a load bearing wall I am sure there would have been issues by now with the ceiling showing signs of movement. If the original wall was taking a load it would be obvious if a steel had gone in. Are the dividing walls solid or stud?

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dewaltdisney wrote:
It does not look like a supporting wall to me as it is not apparently under an upstairs dividing wall. Quite frankly if it was a load bearing wall I am sure there would have been issues by now with the ceiling showing signs of movement. If the original wall was taking a load it would be obvious if a steel had gone in. Are the dividing walls solid or stud?

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Thanks for your helpful reply. The section of wall with the opening between the hall and kitchen/diner is of solid construction, not entirely sure about the wall between the kitchen/diner and lounge. Upstairs walls are all stud.


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It would suggest that the joists are running to rest on this solid wall across the kitchen and old dining room and also for the opposite living room. With the upstairs dividing walls being studs the downstairs layout does not need to give major support for the upper floor walls. I would think it is sound but this is my opinion on what you have shown in your diagrams.

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dewaltdisney wrote:
It would suggest that the joists are running to rest on this solid wall across the kitchen and old dining room and also for the opposite living room. With the upstairs dividing walls being studs the downstairs layout does not need to give major support for the upper floor walls. I would think it is sound but this is my opinion on what you have shown in your diagrams.

Good luck if you proceed.

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Thank you for your help. I will update what happens.


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