We bought a house awhile back and removed a wall we think was there to divide the kitchen from the dining room. We wanted a more open concept. Just want some assurance the wall was not load bearing. We have vaulted ceilings and the wall was not connected to the peak of the ceiling.

  • A load bearing wall should be supported underneath by a beam/wall on a cement floor/footings. Close to the centre of the house is another sign. Not having the roof falling down yet, is a also a possible sign it is/was not load bearing. Having an engineer/building contractor check the wall before removing it and hoping the roof does not fall down is money well spent.
    – crip659
    Commented Nov 8, 2023 at 23:44
  • A few images of the current configuration and a layout sketch of where the removed wall was could be helpful.
    – popham
    Commented Nov 9, 2023 at 0:33
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    You've asked the same question twice. Please delete one of these and consolidate all the info and pictures into the other.
    – FreeMan
    Commented Nov 9, 2023 at 1:10

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Ruling a wall as load bearing can be somewhat easy. Just find a familiar pattern for load bearing walls and you're done. Ruling a wall as non-load bearing, unfortunately, requires the complete exclusion of all load bearing wall patterns, and even then there's a possibility of something "clever" (turns out it wasn't so clever after the place collapses).

The roof hasn't collapsed yet. That's pretty good empirical evidence, but if the roof hasn't seen a substantial snow load between your "awhile back" and now, then now would be a good time to bring in an expert.

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