Load-bearing walls support the weight of a floor or a roof above them. Knocking down one of these walls during a renovation without building another support could trigger a nasty, expensive collapse— immediately or over time—as the overstressed structure yields to gravity. How do you know if a wall carries a load or just separates
After 79 episodes of HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper,’ we’ve seen a lot of what Chip and Joanna Gaines have to offer. Typically: a big, open-concept floor plan; a kitchen island; exposed brick and beams; barn doors… and shiplap. Lots of shiplap. The transformations make for good TV, but a few homes truly stand out.