Finishing up demo on our master bathroom and working towards plans to get it all back together. Located on the top floor of our split level, over the laundry room.
The existing entry to the shower was fully tiled, floated over metal lath. The shower ceiling was built down approx. 12" from the bathroom ceiling and it felt like a tiled bomb shelter.
The ideal plan is to remove the entry completely and have the ceiling and walls flush into the shower area.
My question is - the shower opening looks to be framed out as a load bearing opening. Is the case?
This wall runs parallel to the joists above (attic). The wall is not centered directly under one of the joists, but is running just next to one. There is a drop ceiling below this bathroom, and nothing in the ceiling indicates to me that it's bearing - it is not over another wall or over a joist.
My hope would be to have everything flush in the end and that would require only a couple new studs to finish out corners in the long run.
I'm 99% sure it was framed this way for the tile installation... but better safe than sorry.