This is kind of a convoluted situation, and I hope it isn't too confusing.

I just bought a home with my wife, and in the basement there was a hideous bathroom. Functional, but hideous. So I am tearing it out and remodeling as a DIY project.

The vanity, was clearly made by the home owner and was basically a bunch of plywood boards screwed together. It was a little strange looking. After tearing it apart, I found out why.

It looks like at one point, they removed one of the concrete block (interior) walls and replaced it with a couple metal columns and steel I-beams. They did however leave the poured concrete footer, and the vanity was built around that. I have a few questions that I was hoping I could get opinions on.

  1. Why would they go through all the trouble of removing the block wall, but not jack hammer away the footer? Am I wrong in my assessment? I would provide pictures but I am away from home on travel. I could get my wife to take some if need be though.

  2. Is there any reason why I shouldn't jack hammer away this footer? For the bathroom remodel, I could use the foot and a half or so of extra space. I am going to get a structural engineer out here, but I wanted some opinions from here first.


They removed a portion of an exterior basement wall...maybe because, 1) started a remodel/addition and then changed their minds, 2) discovered something outside the wall that changed their minds, 3) noticed remaining walls starting to “move” and stopped project.

Yes, I’d get a structural engineer (not a civil engineer) to review.

You must live in a dry area if there’s no moisture problems with the wall gone, but I’d have him examine that too.

BTW, I’d be shocked if the structural engineer recommends removing the footing.

  • Sorry I should have been more clear. This was an interior wall that looked to tie into the exterior wall. – user41178 Apr 25 '18 at 0:58
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    Ahhh...the remaining footing is being used to support the load transferred by the steel beam. That is to say, the load that was originally transferred to the footing through the wall is now transferred by the beam to the footing. If you remove the footing, you’ll need to construct an equivalent amount of footing on each side of the opening. – Lee Sam Apr 25 '18 at 2:56

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