I purchased a house with an outdated kitchen. I would like to remove an interior wall to open up the kitchen into the dining room space. I've removed the drywall and was wondering if this wall is structural or if it can be removed. The wall runs parallel with the joists and is made up 2x3s.
Since that wall runs parallel to the joists above it is not a load bearing wall. That said, I always recommend that anytime you are going to remove any wall that could be a supporting wall that you hire a structural engineer to get his OK on your project. Removing any load bearing wall without the proper support could be a disaster waiting to happen. My 2 cents.
Went ahead and demolished the wall. Looks like only some blocking up there to hold up the 2x3 wall, no walls above or below. I know I rolled the dice a bit, but the risk was low based on the observables, and winning $300 in saved costs feels good. If anyone else was considering this, unless the evidence was as screaming obvious as it was for me that this wall was NOT load-bearing, I'd recommend getting a structural engineer just to be extra sure.