shmenguin wrote:this isn't really a "DIY" question since there's no way i'm D'ing this myself, but anyways...
we're still a few years away, but there's a strong possibility that we're going to do a massive remodel on our house at some point. i'm talking adding about a 2 story addition out the back and totally gutting about 50% of the current house (we have a small house, so this isn't a crazy notion). my question is this - if you're doing a 2 story remodel, is it necessary that you keep your load bearing walls and headers in exactly the same place on the 1st floor? or can you move them around a little?
in more practical words, the outside wall that would need knocked down to do an addition is in a bad spot. if we had to put a header there, it would screw up the type of floor plan that we'd want. if we push the header out about 4 or 5 extra feet into the addition, would that be ok?
im no engineer, but if you're talking about a load bearing wall on an existing structure, it would be in your best interest to leave that support in the exact same place. in terms of the floorplan, you will probably be leaning towards a new beam support that will leave a bulkhead. from a design standpoint, this can work to your benefit via a simple drywall boxed-in and finished look or by a wooden cladding. for a more industrial look, the support beam could be painted carbon steel. you have options. if i were to guesstimate a price on replacing a load bearing wall with a support beam (wooden), you're looking at 1,800-3,000, depending on your contractor.