I want to remove the pony wall, the floor to ceiling column that separates the kitchen from the family room. I have oodles of original plans, and I don't see any obvious-to-me indicators that this column is load bearing, however at the same token I don't see anything that tells me it is NOT load bearing. Help?
Several things suggest that it's not load bearing:
- The fact that it's at the end of a "pony wall". This is likely a horizontal support post that wouldn't be present if not for the wall.
- The wording "to ceiling". This suggests no structural integration with the roof framing or any supporting member.
- The lack of blocking or other load-transfer notes in the floor framing layout.
Some things that would seal the deal:
- Footing layout showing no supporting structure at this location, and...
- Main floor truss diagrams showing no concentrated load below the post.
With what's presented here I can only be about 98% certain. If you want more than that, consult a local professional.