We're looking at buying a property in the area and we are curious about one of the walls that has been removed.
The vendor tells us that it was a stud wall but obviously we can't verify that as it is no longer there. We're considering further work to confirm it wasn't load bearing but in the meantime I'm curious about what other people have found as this wall seems to be fairly common and has been removed by a lot of people.
It was originally separating the kitchen into two, originally a kitchen and utility room (the red line on the image). Has anyone removed one of these (or still have one) and able to comment what theirs is?
>80% chance non-load bearing.
Mine has similar dimensions and has a wide open arch at that point. I've never attempted to move it or open it out, perhaps others have, but best to get it surveyed.
The wall between the reception and dining room would normally be supporting the floor joists above which run front to back, but in the rear part of the house the joists are probably running across the width and not dependent on support from beneath. If the work wasn’t done recently and there’s no obvious sign of movement I doubt it’s anything to worry about.
There is often a chimney breast in the kitchen. It might be worth having the structural engineer check to ensure that if a chimney breast has been removed in the past that adequate supports were put in. That would be another factor to consider when understanding whether the room is structurally safe.
We've had an rsj put in the kitchen (about where you suggest) on the advice of our builder (whom I trust). There wasn't one there previously, but then again neither of the chimnies had been braced either so I'm guessing they had different standards in the 80s!
We had ours removed a couple of months ago following a side return extension. It was load bearing as the joists alongside it did not reach the party wall after the chimney breast was removed decades ago. Cross joists were added resulting in the beam effectively holding up part of the first floor. It was a simple case of the builders contacting the engineer who instructed the doubling up and bolting of said joists. Not necessarily a concern now, but worth having it checked out prior to commencing any works.