My husband and I are wanting to remove some walls (well only the top 1/2 of them) in our home but I'm worried about taking out some studs that need to be there. If I live in a duplex that peaks in the centre of where the 2 homes meet where is the "supporting wall"? Does it run down the centre of the building or across the other way, or both? but would that even make a difference if we are only taking out 1/2 walls? In the picture is the one wall that we are wanting to take part of it out. We are wanting to cut out almost a window type opening and create a "deck" to put pictures and such on (it will open it up to our front door and stairs). I know we wouldn't be able to remove the whole top half of the wall because I think there is furnace duct work in it. I just don't know if this will do harm to the structure of my home. Thanks to all who reply!