Had a structural engineer come out to provide an opinion on whether we could vault the ceiling in our master bathroom and whether we could take out a wall. The engineer was able to easily confirm for us that the wall was not load bearing and let us know why. For ceiling it was very tough to get a straight answer from him. He kept explaining the importance of permits for both us and himself. We explained we knew this and were not planning on doing any structural work without one but he kept bringing it up. We just needed a straight yes or no but he kept evading the answer. When we finally got a answer back it was a maybe and we needed to get him drawings of our house and pay ~$1000. Then he could tell us definitely if we could remove them and how we would need to add support to the building for this. Appreciate this may have required an additional cost but was VERY hard to get a quote out of him. Outside of that he was very nice and gave us advice on how to minimize costs of our renos which we appreciated.
- Company Response
Thank you very much Jordanne for your time. I, Anwar Salam went to inspect your ceiling and load-bearing wall. As a professional engineer it is our responsibility to follow the bylaw and building codes properly due to that aspect any structural renovation inside the house require a building permit. I am sorry if you feel I have pushed you for the permit. It was easy for me to comment on load bearing wall rather than the ceiling. I can't check the ceiling properly because it was hard for me to see the other side of the ceiling. Even though we provided a quotation to prepare a building permit drawing for removing the wall and ceiling of approx. 2800square foot house. Once again thank you very much for your business.
On behalf of
ASR Engineers Team