How do you determine which walls are load bearing? I am considering a minor kitchen remodel with new built-in oven and reconfigured panty. One of my kitchen walls is interior - on the other side is stairs. I am certain this wall is load bearing. The drywall "box" with the built-in oven, microwave and current pantry closet all come out from this shared wall. Is the wall that creates the "box" probably load bearing? I would think not, as it doesn't seem to be in line with any walls upstairs, and on the other side of the box along the wall is some upper and lower cabinets. The microwave sits basically on top to the oven, but the rest of the wall holds no cabinets, water pipes or heat ducts - just empty space boxed in by drywall, from what I can tell. I want to turn that empty space into some much needed storage. Thanks much!
Generally speaking a bearing wall runs perpendicular to the floor joists below or the ceiling joists above. The one next to the stairs is almost certainly a bearing wall.
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