Removing a Fireplace from Middle of House For an Awesome Open Plan Design

LEVEL Engineering recently performed the structural engineering and design for this modern open plan design. They wanted to achieve a modern look, but needed to remove the fireplace that was suporting the entire roof. The finished product turned out to be amazing! You can see a few before pictures below as well as click here to go on a virtual tour of the finished house.

Job Summary

  • The house had a large brick fireplace dividing the kitchen, living room and dining room.
  • To accomplish an open plan design the fireplace was to be removed.
  • The fireplace was holding up the entire roof of the main living area.
  • For the fireplace to be removed, a beam had to be installed to support the roof.
  • Due to the wonderful full wall windows the beam was restricted in width. This worked out well since the ceiling is vaulted.
  • The beam was able to be fairly deep. The beam ended up spanning 26’ approximately, and completely opened up the main living area.

See attached pictures below to for the before remodel photos.

See attached link for the photos from after the remodel. (Get ready for your mind to be blown).

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family room fireplace
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Investor: Podium Properties, Ryan Borger

Contractor: Reliable Improvements, Dan Ewert

Engineer: Level Engineering, Scott Zurn

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Scott Zurn, P.E.

Founder and CEO of Level Engineering & Level Design Partners. With more than 4 decades of experience, Scott Zurn has contributed to all aspects of the building industry, serving both public and private sectors. He’s achieved tremendous success in commercial and residential markets, held leadership roles such as building official, city engineer, and director for local governments, and accomplished hundreds of millions of dollars in successful commercial building and civil infrastructure as a designer, project manager, and leader. As the Founder of the Level brand, Scott is dedicated to ensuring the entrepreneurial success of design professionals, as well as creating positive environmental impacts through design work. Read Scott’s full bio here.

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