Options for removing lally column(s)
My wife and I are considering a basement remodel and we are limited in our options because of a few lally columns – one or two of which we would, potentially, like to remove.
I don’t have the blueprints for the basement but I glued together what I could from different plans we have and I think the attached image is pretty clear.
We have two 10″x10″ solid wood beams running the length of the house (top to bottom in the image). Originally, both sat on brick columns but the ones on the right were replaced some years ago with three (3) steel lally columns (placed 8′ apart). The basement ceiling is currently uneven (due to ductwork and plumbing) but is betwen 7 1/2 feet and 9 feet high. The house has four (4) floors, including the basement and is located in New England.
The bottom of the three columns is the one we really want to remove, if possible, but we’d love to remove the middle one as well.
What options, if any, do you recommend?