I'm doing a full bathroom remodel and when I took all the paint off one of the walls, I discovered it's brick. This wall used to be the exterior of the house, but an extension was added in the room seen through the window.
This house is from early 1900's, so over 100 years old. The brick is in pretty rough shape in parts, the wall appears to be leaning against the stud frame.
I believe these studs are the only thing holding up this wall. Above the wall is just insulation - the load seems to have been moved completely off when the roof was extended.
I tested a few of the bricks on the top row and they can easily be moved/removed by hand.
I planned to put up some large format (48"x24") porcelain tiles on this wall for a shower. These tiles and the mortar to hold them would be very heavy. I'd additionally need to use some cement sheeting or float the wall to get it plumb, because right now the top bricks are about an inch off from the bottom (due to the lean). I'm discovering that this brick wall does not seem well enough supported for these tiles.
The brick does extend about a foot past this room in both directions, just to form two doorways in the adjacent rooms. If needed, I can replace those walls with stud framing as well.
Can I remove this brick wall? If so, what would be the best way to remove it? I have the M18 7-1/4" circular saw, a M18 Sawzall, and a M18 4-1/2" angle grinder so was thinking about getting masonry blades for one or multiple of those.