I am renovating the top of my house, which has been untouched for 15 or more years. There is a wall spanning the width of the bedroom that I want to knock down but I am concerned if it is load bearing.
My belief it is not but my wife is more cautious. I base my opinion on the following:
The wall is 5cm thick.
I can knock a screwdriver clear through it.
It appears to be made of hollow (single chamber) brick.
There is no connecting wall either above or below (I presume a load bearing wall on the first floor would need to extend to the foundations downstairs).
The room itself is not very big (3.5 meters wide) and has strong external walls.
Does anyone here have experience to back up my opinion, or am I way off?
But my real question is does anyone know an honest builder who will tell me if it is neccesary or not?
So far I have had one who said do it just in case, while charging $450,000 to do it and not telling me if it is needed, and another $100,000.
Obviously I would prefer to avoid that sort of expense for something that may be unneccesary. So bascially I am looking for a reputable builder who will assess the job fairly. Any ideas?