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Daniel916 02-03-2013 05:55 PM

New Home Owner Obsessing Over Load Bearing Wall
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My apologies if this isn't the right forum. Happy to be directed elsewhere.

My husband and I are in the process of buying our first home, and I'm obsessing over whether or not we'll be able to remodel a bathroom on the second floor and make it larger.

I stress that we will have it assessed and remodeled professionally (we know a bath remodel is too big for us at this point), but I'm just wondering if anyone has a strong idea that the wall in question IS load bearing. If so, I better make peace with the layout now (and stop wasting time looking at bigger bathtubs)!

Why I think it is load bearing :
- there’s a roof seem there
Why I think it isn’t load bearing :
- there’s no wall underneath it (it’s the middle of our kitchen down there)
- it looks like might have been moved once already

Thanks much for any input, Heidi

Daniel916 02-06-2013 10:39 PM

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Thanks for all the feedback! There's no resounding - that's clearly one unmovable wall, lady! - which is all I was really hoping for. Certainly sounds worth bringing in an expert to find out one way or another.

Also appreciate the concerns about the layout, too. The point about clogged toilets especially caught my eye. So between that and the wall, it got me thinking about the layout more. If we could at least put in an arch leading to a bathtub (currently the sitting area) and leave the rest of the wall intact, and if we move the sink instead of the toilet, that all sounds better … though would still have to move the tub/sink lines some. I also like the layout more (see attached for fun). We are prepared to buy even if can't do the remodel - we really love the rest of the house. We budgeted 20K specifically for this, but if we can't do it with mid-range tub, toilet, and sink and nothing fancy for the wall or floor covering (not a big tile fan), then we live with it. But fun to think about and I'm learning, too. Inspection is on Monday. I'll keep all this in mind. Thanks again!

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