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Similar to a previous post, I don't want to use veneer, I want to use real brick. The wall is in my living room and it includes a wood-burning fireplace. The existing wall has what seems like faux stone veneer (haven't demo'd to confirm), floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall.

Existing stone similar to this style (but mine is floor to ceiling wall to wall) http://www.hotelpicodaurze.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Custom-Wall-Coverings.jpg

If full sized brick walls require proper concrete footings to support the massive amount of weight, then perhaps my existing concrete footings are sufficient since I have a chimney shared with that wall? I assume the chimney was constructed at the same time as the house.

  • Fireplace is not built on top of floor it is built from ground under house – Kris Feb 13 at 1:53
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The chimney is not supported by the floor system, it is built from the ground up with a foundation of concrete under it.

Full 4” brick weigh 40 pounds per square foot so a wall that is 9’ tall and 15’ long would add 5400 lbs to the floor system.

I would want an engineer to approve the area in question to be certain that it can support this added weight with out compromising the integrity of the structure.

  • Thanks for the feedback. I will consult with an engineer. The wall in question is 8' tall and 14' long so pretty close to your estimate. I will report back with what I learn. – Paul Feb 14 at 0:48
  • 40 psf is a little strong...maybe 30 psf, but +1 for illustrating the magnitude of such a wall. – Lee Sam Mar 15 at 8:33

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