Good evening, I decided to start a kitchen reno in our new house and wanted to take out this wall. I assumed it was not load bearing as it runs parallel to the joists, but after taking drywall off I was surprised to see 3 back to back 2x4 beside the opening and 2 2x4 at the ceiling.
I would still assume this is not load bearing and instead a builder going over board(I've never seen this in previous renos) but thought I'd ask here to see if anyone has more experience.
I also assume that the wall in connects to is load bearing. I am hoping to put a beam and 2 posts across and making it a half wall, does anyone know the span I'm allowed between posts for something like this? Or what size beam? There is currently no beam in the wall, it is just a normal 2x4 wall from what i can see. The joists are 2x8 and 16 inches center to center. They span around 30 feet across the house. Maybe they were engineered and it isn't a load bearing wall?
Here is a picture of the roof framing, if it helps:
There is another one of those little walls on the other side of attic as Well, and the wall below is basically right in between the two.