I would like to replace dry-wall railing that separates the 2nd floor loft with glass...but it may be a bit more complicated.
- Two stories
- Vaulted roof
- Ground Level has high vaulted ceiling
- Second floor is a loft with flat ceiling
- Roof is supported by truss-system which is in the attic of the second floor.
- The truss-system is supported by the outside walls and the wall that separates the 2nd floor from the first-floor.
- This wall has 2 large openings or 'windows' (10 foot & 7 foot)...or you can look at this a dry-wall railing.
I would like to replace the drywall railing with glass. Or in other words, I would like to remove the bottom of the windows.
Today I poked a hole in the drywall railing to see what's going on underneath the drywall. I see that the top of the trailing is a double header (2-2x6).
I don't think they are load bearing but could these drywall railings be managing part of the load? Or providing the function of a shear-wall?