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Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Remodel
Kitchen Remodel

What happens if permits aren’t pulled on kitchen remodel?

We want to remodel our kitchen and want to move a low bearing wall 17 inches, apparently we need a struc engineer for that so we are thinking of just not getting a permit.

Does anyone know what happens if we get “caught”?
A new beam will be put in place to support the new structure and new footing. The house is in Northern CA and is ~45 years old. From the reads of answers it seems there’s always the risk of not “following” the rules.

As mentioned above usually the fine is 100% of the permit cost -i.e. double. But permits are cheap in relation to building costs. The only reason I would side-step the permit process is that unfriendly and “hard ass” inspectors can be more than a nuisance. They may discover something – anything – that may be subject to new or updated code.

And of course you might have to satisfy (do additional work for) him before you get your final.

Now that being said…you don’t want to play around with load bearing walls. Perhaps you can find an alternative to moving the entire wall. Steel beams are relatively inexpensive and they can ‘span’ the entire width of most rooms.

So if you just want to open the view and create additional access or foot traffic then you can achieve that by replacing the stud wall with a steel beam with support columns on either end. It can be finished like any other wall and perhaps may aid in enhancing the design by giving a little space you can decorate with a little shelf for your stuff.

Now. Will the column greatly interfere with your plans? I don’t know the layout.

But if you don’t know what you are doing then be sure to find the right person to help you.


Kitchen Remodeling

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