anyone in dunedin, new zealand?

i have gathered funds to start putting my fally down house to rights. i also have 15 years of hoarded materials- windows, wood etc. first question; how do i tell if a wall is structural or able to be removed?
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  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Nov 22, 2012
    Load bearing or structural wall are found along the perimeter and then usually along a mid point perpenduicular to the homes rafters and or floor joists. If you can diagram your existing layout this my provide some more clues. My best friend moved to NZ some years back...first in the Christchurch he is in the Wanaka area.

  • Panelope Piztaupe Panelope Piztaupe on Nov 22, 2012
    thanks, will do

  • Hamtil Construction LLC Hamtil Construction LLC on Nov 24, 2012
    One of the ways to tell if a wall is load bearing is to look in the attic of a single story ranch house. If the roof system is built with trusses, you will see diagonal bracing in each truss member, secured with large perforated steel plates. If the trusses span completely across to each outside wall, then there are no load bearing interior partitions. In a two story home, the floor joists of the first and second floors will lap over the centerline of the beam in the basement or crawlspace. That is usually a load bearing wall line and a good place to start investigating.