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I'm doing kitchen renovation and want to remove a few walls. Those are on the first floor of a 2 story house(no basement). I've opened a few of them and did my best to provide all the pictures. I opened the ceiling and checked how joists run above those walls. Looks like they just run through them a few feet past the walls I'm considering to remove.

1&2 is a small closet. 3&4 is has only 1 wire inside which is going into the slab. the niche between those walls was supposed to be a built in desk

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  1. Can I remove them (Wall 1,2,3,4) and make the back wall flush?
  2. Should I reinforce those joists? For example I can do sistering with a plywood from both sides of them.

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Wall 1/2 Intersection with trusses:

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    You shall pay a structural engineer to inspect. The walls seem strange.
    – r13
    May 12 at 4:44
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    Those walls do not seem to be for cupboards/pantry or something useful. Must consider that they are for load bearing. Most people do not put walls like that up without a good reason.
    – crip659
    May 12 at 11:57
  • At a minimum, there is electrical work inside walls 1 & 2 that will need to be moved. What's inside that box out for walls 3 & 4? They could be plumbing or HVAC chases (odd, I know, without a basement to run from, but we can't see inside them, just the ceiling above).
    – FreeMan
    May 12 at 12:16
  • 1 & 2 is a small closet. and 3 & 4 has only single wire inside in the bottom which seems to be going into slab but I think I can hide the whole cable it into the slab.
    – Rainmaker
    May 12 at 12:40
  • the niche between those walls was supposed to be a built in desk
    – Rainmaker
    May 12 at 12:54
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1 and 2 don't seem structural, because they don't go under the strong points of the truss-joists.

3 and 4 are hard to tell, you're asking me "Is this wall holding something up" I can't see from here.

I would guess probably not structual, but they don't seem to serve any other purpose.

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  • Thanks for the answer. 3&4 is has only 1 wire inside which is going into the slab. the niche between those walls was supposed to be a built in desk. I think that this was the reason of that wall. Also I've added 3 pics to my question where you can see what's above wall 3/4 (You can see nails coming out from it) and intersections of trusses / walls 1,2. Could you look at it? maybe it will give you a better picture of structure?
    – Rainmaker
    May 13 at 2:43

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