Topic: Removing Your Basement Brick Columns?
Removing Your Basement Brick Columns?
We are on the verge of a basement renovation of our Petworth row house, and are trying to figure out how to get rid of the three large brick columns that support the main header basement beam that holds up the rest of our house. We prefer an open floor plan…and the trio of 2’x2′ brick columns are really putting a hamper on our plans for a downstairs dance floor.
For the record, we probably wouldn’t replace the existing wooden header beam with something smaller because we have all of our radiator pipes running along it (see pic)…so no sense in replacing the header beam with a smaller steel beam if the pipes are there anyways (although I am curious what others have done with their radiator pipes) . Rather, I was thinking more along the lines of replacing the large brick columns with new steel support vertical columns that have a smaller footprint…and maybe even see if we could get away with two columns instead of three.
Although I am a big advocate of DIY, I realize this will require the input of a professional…but I’d love to hear what others in the PoP community have done with their brick columns and existing pipes in an effort to open up their basements.