Chantal would like to know how to recognize a bearing wall before beginning any renovations: “Hello, I want to make renovations in my house. It dates from 1973 and is a semi-detached. I want to enlarge my bathroom and I was wondering how to recognize a bearing wall. I have “beams” of wood in my basement, but the wall that might be carrying is perpendicular to “beam” in the basement. Thank you in advance for the info. ” Hello Chantal, Here’s what to know about bearing walls. A bearing wall is one of the cornerstones of the structure of a house, and he bears the weight of floors and ceilings, sometimes a part of the roof.

Obviously, all exterior walls are bearing walls as well as in your case, the party wall should be in principle a bearing wall. A non-load bearing wall is, in turn, a partition wall and plays no role in supporting major. A wall of ground floor which would be placed in the exact alignment of a wall of floor could be easily be a bearing wall. To determine a bearing wall, locate where the higher points of support of the main structural components at the top of exterior walls.


If in doubt, I strongly suggest you seek advice from a specialist such as an architect, for example, a person who is specialized in the development plans and, by his knowledge, can accurately determine the arrangement of bearing walls in you. Because remember, if you must defeat a bearing wall without taking the necessary precautions, you’ll soon find yourself in an awkward and potentially serious problems with the structure. Which could ultimately result in serious problems. So do not take a chance and see an expert unless you are sure of your shot. And for me, without seeing there, it’s hard to recommend anything and I would never take such a responsibility. So, to fully appreciate your renovations, do not run risk and consult an expert!