Can I smooth out this ceiling on this wall opening?

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Hi, appreciate any views on the framing of this wall. (Pictures attached)Basically, an opening, double plated, with loads on each ends. Couple notes:+There is nothing (loads) in between the two ends (green line). +The left side does have beam on top. The beam supports the joists for the bedroom above. Trying to see if the double plate (green marked line) can be taken out for a smooth ceiling. Thank you.

q partial load bearing wall
q partial load bearing wall
q partial load bearing wall
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  • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on Oct 23, 2019

    First off, there’s no such thing as a ‘partial load bearing’ wall. It’s like being pregnant...it is, or it isn’t. From what you’ve described it sounds like a load bearing wall. Don’t take anything out or you could wind up with your upstairs on the first floor. You absolutely need to have a structural engineer come in and tell you exactly what to do and how to do it.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Oct 23, 2019
    I don't think so. But may be able to remove the rest of wall with the correct beam. Just frame it in as a decorative beam. Have a pro take a look to be safe.

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Oct 23, 2019

    What you have here is a load-bearing wall. I agree that it was pretty dumb the way it was built, you're not going to get a flat ceiling out of this on your own. This type of work isn't a DIY project unless you're already a professional.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Oct 24, 2019

    Additionally, someone has to look at what's built UNDER the wall also! Make sure the load bearing posts continue to be supported below.

  • William William on Oct 24, 2019

    Nope. Can't remove it. That is the beam supporting the second floor. The load is across the whole ceiling along with the doorway opening. You have double and triple studs because of the wide doorway.

  • Dee Dee on Oct 25, 2019

    Since it is load bearing, the only way you can remove it is to put a new beam up in the area. You do not want your bedroom upstairs becoming a downstairs bedroom