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I want to open an interior supporting wall and make a six foot wide by four foot tall pass thru window/bar counter between the kitchen and living room. Do I have to build a header for the opening?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

9 years ago

If you mean "do I need to add a supporting joist above the void?", then, yes, you do.

I strongly recommend you talk to a local builder (with knowledge of local regulations) about the job - call him in, describe the job, ask him what he'd do, and then do what he suggests yourself.

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John T MacF Mood
John T MacF Mood

Reply 7 months ago

Depending on what amount of weight the supporting wall is supporting, it may be impractical or impossible to do.

Good luck, your first advice is very good. Get a professional to help you with your plan. Professional means paying them, even if you have a friend that is a structural engineer, it's his/her bread & butter... And you'll need someone to sign off on the plans you'll be submitting to get a permit to build your pass through. If you don't pay him or her, they are very likely to not want to sign off on it. You'll need someone with a P.E. certification to sign off. Load bearing walls are critical, so do it right. It would be very bad to have a collapse happen. Injuries can happen. Insurances won't cover damage due to improperly done projects like sometimes happen. (I'm not trying to imply you would go forward without permits and the like, but some folks do with interior renovations and such.) The thinking often goes, the city/county won't see it, why bother with permits. Well, permits are a good cross check to avoid problems. An interior change is not likely to bring property value up much, if at all.

Not recommended to go forward without permits, not at all recommended.

Good luck.

John
AA4PC
USA

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backyardengineer
backyardengineer

Reply 9 years ago

At least pay him a little for his time. it cost him to drive to your place and talk to you.